Reducing global warming? It must be done first in bovine farms. In this regard, an animal feed supplement was conceived that is made of garlic and orange peels, and is capable of reducing by 30% methane emissions emitted from the rumen (one of the four stomachs) of cows. Then this reduction would be translated in a “cow credit”, a recognised credit in the “cap’n trade” system for the reduction of polluting emissions.
This article was published in ItaliaOggi Date: 12/04/2017
The product name is Mootral™, and it was developed by the Swiss company Zaluvida, and was presented in the last days in Milan. “Mootral™ took 8 years of work” explains Michael Mathres, Chairman of the project. The result is a product which can be added on a 10-gram basis to the animal feed, and results in a 30% emission reduction, a weight increase of the animal by 5%-10%, has a prolonged effect, is effective and can be dosed. Studies have been conducted in Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.
The Italian experimentation occurred in a farm in Calcinato (BS), called “Serenissima”, on 36 animals in the span of two months. The supplement was used twice per day and provided effects already in the first 24 hours. Some data: bovine farms account for about 15% of the production of greenhouse gases: at the moment, bovines are 1.5 billion. If they all took Mootral™, within 24 hours the CO2 they produce would decrease by 1.3 billion tons, corresponding to minus 200 million cars from the roads.
Behind the product there are other objectives, a quality label indicating how the product is “climate friendly”, and a “cow credit”, based on the mechanisms for CO2 reduction. Mootral™ will be commercialized shortly, produced in Scotland (but Mathres winked when he says it could also be produced in Italy), and its costs are between 30-50 euro/year per bovine. Mathres hopes that “cow credit” could be implemented by 2020 for the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement.