Can seaweed be the green bullet for cattle emissions? I Prof. Ermias Kebreab
California has regulations requiring dairy farmers and other producers to cut methane emissions by 40% by 2030 (New Zealand's CCC recommendation is a 13% reduction).
So what how can we adopt the superfood of seaweed that UC Davis scientists have found cuts methane emission by over 80%, into a NZ farming system?
“Since much of a dairy’s methane emissions come from the animal itself, nutrition can play a big role in finding solutions,” said Kebreab.
“One of the key things we know talking to farmers is that they spend a lot of time building their water schemes and they are hesitant to trust them to work so by putting that assurance in their pockets they can leave home,” explains Jesse Teat, Waterwatch
As our Thought Maker brought to you by Multiscapes at Lincoln University, Prof. Ermias Kebreab is a Director, World Food Center & Professor and Sesnon Endowed Chair | University of California, Davis.
His team have been studying how seaweed as a feed additive can reduce methane emissions in cattle by over 80% as only 1% of their diet.
But, does it affect the taste of meat or milk?
Sarah also discusses with Ermais the work he is doing in lifting milk production in his home country of Eritrea in Eastern Africa.