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Solving the problem of bovine methane emissions

posted on April 14, 2000


"A METHANE TO THE MADNESS" IN SOLVING GLOBAL WARMING.

SCIENTISTS IN SCOTLAND SAY THE BACTERIA BREVIBACILLUS PARABREVIS ADDED TO LIVESTOCK FEED CAN REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF PER ANIMAL METHANE EMISSIONS... A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO GLOBAL WARMING.

THE BACTERIA WORKS BY CONVERTING METHANE IN THE PART OF THE STOMACH WHERE THE FOOD IS DIGESTED BACK INTO THE LESS HARMFUL CARBON DIOXIDE.

IF THE BACTERIA FEED ADDITIVE IS INCORPORATED WORLDWIDE, SCIENTISTS SAY METHANE OUTPUT COULD BE REDUCED BY ABOUT SIX PERCENT.

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