This has been the million dollar question: how can we continue to produce cattle without attacking the environment?
To this problem, difficult to solve, a team of researchers from Northern Australia seems to have found a way out.
Control of the environmental damage caused by the production of cattle is on the agenda of teams of scientists linked to the food industry. As the emissions of methane released through the feces of these animals are the main problem, being the main source of greenhouse gas emissions of the food industry, the focus has been on the composition of the feed given to them.
At a remote farm in northern Australia, a team of researchers has mixed in the diets of some seaweed animals that contain substances that interfere with the bacteria responsible for producing methane in the digestive tract of cows.
If the experiment is successful, during digestion the methane will be converted into another form of energy that can be reabsorbed by the animals. Called Asparagopsis taxiformis this alga is expected to prove to be the egg of Columbus from the food industry.