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This factory is growing a new kind of food for cows: a seaweed that reduces their burps

1 Jun 2020

Cow burps release so much methane that they’re responsible for roughly 5% of global carbon emissions. Changing what we feed them can help.

In a new factory on the Swedish coast, a startup called Volta Greentech will soon begin commercial production of Asparagopsis taxiformis, a type of red seaweed that’s never been grown before on land. The seaweed is being farmed because it has a unique ability to fight climate change: When it’s added to cattle feed, the cows that eat it burp less methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s a major contributor to global emissions.

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