Could seaweed reduce methane emissions

From: Oliver Dowding, Shepton Farms Ltd, Wincanton

"Research suggest that adding 2% of seaweed Asparagopsis taxiformis to the diet can reduce methane emissions by over 99%. (Machado et al 2015, Kinley et al 2015 (same report).  Yes, I know, if it sounds too good it probably is........and even I am generally cautious about anything that sounds almost too good to be true! 

It seems Asparagopsis taxiforma is an invasive plant so having a good use for it would provide an incentive to harvest at least until it is under control.  It is invading the Mediterranean area so whether it grows in the UK I do not know.   Also from a commercial point of view cost could be an issue."

If you'd be interested in exploring this idea with a kick-off meeting, get in touch

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