Prize-Winning “Super Seaweed” Aims to Reduce Cattle Gas Emissions

More good news that affects everyone coming from Oceania this week, where a seaweed supplement may help cut down on greenhouse gases worldwide. Future Feed, a company affiliated with Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, has developed this new product in hopes to combat global warming. The company has now won a $1 million award and their vision may greatly impact the entire world, as well as provide a financially beneficial path to First Nations groups in South Australia and beyond.

Director of Future Feed Dr. Michael Battaglia describes the remarkable new supplement: “We know that just handful [of the product] per animal per day, or 0.2 percent of their diet, can virtually eliminate 99.9 percent of methane.” The product was awarded the Food Planet Prize, which comes from The Curt Bergfors Foundation, a global philanthropic organization which has begun handing out annual prizes to “…initiatives and individuals working to secure the world’s future food supply while fostering a healthy and resilient biosphere.” Future Feed was one of 600 entries vying for the Food Planet Prize.

The “super seaweed” product is now being tested through a vigorous quality assurance process, but its aforementioned impact extends beyond the environment – Dr. Battaglia is utilizing funding from the prize to initiate a commercialization fund for First Nations peoples in South Australia and even worldwide, so that they can earn a living producing the seaweed (a red algae known as “Asparagopsis”) at scale. This is being kicked off with the Narungga Nation Aboriginal peoples, but the potential reach of this production and First Nations involvement could be global.

If all goes well, Future Feed’s supplement could greatly change the methane output of the dairy and meat industry, and get more money to First Nations people. Let’s all look ahead to a potential golden age and a healthier planet to boot.

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