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Burping Cows Try New Diet

Burping Cows Try New Diet

Adding seaweed to cows’ diets could help reduce methane production and help curb climate change.

Burping Cows Try New Diet

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 14:30

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

(Inside Science) -- Scientists have found that when cows digest a certain species of red algae seaweed, called Asparagopsis taxiformis, it creates a compound that could limit the production of methane  -- a powerful greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

When it comes to cattle-related emissions, burping cows pack the most punch, accounting for roughly 95% of the methane released into the environment.

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Karin Heineman

Karin Heineman is the executive producer of Inside Science TV.