Feeding Cows Seaweed Could Save the World

Feeding Cows Seaweed Could Save the World

California has approved legislation to reduce cow gas, belching and manure as part of fighting global warming. Beats me how they’ll get the cows to go along with this measure but someone needs to tell Jerry Brown that providing just 2% of cow’s diet with a seaweed called Asparagopsis taxiformis, reduces methane emissions in cows by more than 99 percent.

Friends, cow flatulence is a problem. Agriculture is responsible for 14.7% of planet gases being released worldwide – a little more than the 14% of human made greenhouse gases. And the number of cows is greatly increasing in developing countries – right now, 1.5 billion are happily munching their grain products.

Fortunately, a bright group of Australian researchers experimented to figure out what happens to a cow’s methane emissions when it eats seaweed. The researchers found that the seaweed Asparagopsis taxiformis, in doses as low as 2%  of the cow’s diet, reduced methane emissions in cows by more than 99 percent. It seems the seaweed contains a compound called bromoform that prevents the cows from producing methane as a byproduct.

Let’s send a note to the California legislature stating that saving the planet doesn’t have to be  on their lonely government shoulders. By sprinkling seaweed on the cow’s usual diet, much the way we sprinkle salt on our fried eggs, dairy farmers can control cow flatulence and save our world not just from gas emissions but well intentioned government officials.

Simple, elegant and no government interference thanks to a few curious and smart Australian blokes.