Australia coughs up millions to curb cow emissions

The Australian government has handed out millions of dollars for trials to reduce cow farts and burps, with millions more on the way, in an important step towards its 2050 carbon neutral commitment.

Methane emissions from the nation’s cattle herds account for about 10% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 40% of the agricultural sector’s emissions.

The $4 million will fund six projects to assess the emissions reduction and productivity benefits of low-emissions livestock feed supplements, such as asparagopsis seaweed and the compound 3-NOP.

Emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor said each project would collect data to help support the research and development of new feed technologies, and understand their impact on productivity and the environment.

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