28th August 2017

Methane reduction and dairy

Livestock is responsible for 3.1 Gigaton of methane (CH4) emissions globally. This is 44% of all anthropogenic CH4, which is equivalent to 21-36 times the global warming potential of CO2. The demand for meat and dairy is expected to double by 2050 (FAO).

Seaweed supplementation has been proven to significantly reduce methane output of dairy cows. Dairy is a major agricultural product of the Netherlands. We have formed a collaboration with the Dutch Agricultural Organization (LTO) and Wageningen Livestock Research to investigate the potential impact of seaweed supplementation of Dutch native seaweeds on dairy cows.