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    Default Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    This report is two months old. A full story will air on ABC TV's "Landline" program here on Sunday. Just fifty grams added to a cows feed per day reduces methane emission by ninety five percent! - https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/20...alia/101198580 JayInOz

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    Default Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    this is going to change the bilge forever!

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    That's exactly what I said when Sydney won the Olympic bid!

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    What's the recommended human dose?

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    Hope it works as claimed.

    There are still problems with the water diverted to grow feed crops for livestock, roughly 70-80% of agricultural use, and the havoc wrought by growing such crops in arid landscapes, along with the herbicides required.

    Good time to quit eating beef.

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    Like to see this working. It most likely would have to be introduced in ground feed.

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    "This new industry could be worth billions of dollars a year". Billions of dollars out of the pockets of farmers.
    What is the incentive for them to do this?
    I can't see my sister and BIL doing this with their farm when dairy farming is a not-too-profitable business right now.
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    Greenhouse gas certificates are mentioned as one economic lever in the article.

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    No doubt they will start with the larger dairy herds and go from there. Methane is a terrible greenhouse gas, much worse than CO2
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    As a largely pastoral agrarian economy, New Zealand is a net emitter of methane due to the number of cattle here. In order to reduce that there is much research going on to develop grass and or other feed options that will both nourish the animals and at the same time reduce their methane emissions, which by the way is not emitted by flatulence, its belching that does that.
    There are signs of success, but really, growing grass or other feed crops, feeding such to an animal then using the animal as meat or to produce food in the form of milk, is an extremely inefficient way of converting sunlight, water and soil fertility into food for us, and I cant see that practice lasting forever.

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    I didn't see 'how does it work' addressed. Anyone know?
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    I would love to farm the seaweed, have thought about it a lot. Take carbon out of the sea and use it to reduce a potent greenhouse gas. Its a win-win. Low margin high volume farms will not catch on in the US, but there is already a niche market for rapid rotationally grazed pasture beef specifically because it is so good for the climate. The small high end grazers would buy the stuff for sure, their customers will demand it.

    Imagine, eating beef or drinking milk that actually reduces your carbon footprint. It is already possible.

    Using human food crop land to grow animal feed is problematic, but there is much land that is suitable only for grazing, and has the potential for huge soil carbon sequestration as well. Supplementing with feed grown in the sea to up the climate benefit is a no brainer to me.
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    Default Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    What's the recommended human dose?

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    I promise to research further. I like my ruminants. I wonder if there are side effects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    I wonder if there are side effects.
    green stinky urine?
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    When I first read the OP, 'I assumed' this was a derivative of asparagas - and wondered how the milk from a dairy op would taste.

    Never mind.
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    Default Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    i shoulda probably read the op too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    green stinky urine?
    I expected fart.

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    Issuing licenses to grow and sell a naturally occurring seaweed???
    Great find, but I think they'll struggle to defend the patent - it isn't like seaweed feedstock supplements are new.
    And there we are - scroll down from the article linked in the OP, and another Aussie based company is already well down the path to a synthetic substitute
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    Default Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    Rhode Island's Constitution mandates access to salt water for, among other things, gathering seaweed.

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    Default Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    Todays episode of Landline- straight after the midday news every Sunday- been running for more than twenty years- https://iview.abc.net.au/video/RF2204Q029S00
    The latest on the methane reducing seaweed. Plus an interesting story on Australia's abundance of all natural resources needed to make electric vehicles- in particular the batteries. I thought our own Katherine would find this of interest. JayInOz

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    Ben & Jerry's is running tests of the stuff on a couple of farms. They're expecting some answers within a year or so. I know one of the big issues is how to get enough of the seaweed.
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