It's pretty rare that you find an idea that will make both environmentalists and economists happy, but today I came across one about none other than: cows and their production of methane gas. Methane gas is considered a "greenhouse gas," being one of the gasses that contributes to fossil fuel emissions that are harmful for the environment. Every time cows burp or fart, they emit methane into the air. According to my source, cows emit 7 billion metric tons of methane gas into the atmosphere each year, which is more than both car travel and airplane travel combined.
Scientists have recently come up with a solution: KELP.
When dried kelp (specifically Asparagopsis Taxiformis, a red seaweed) is added to cow food, methane gas production can be stopped up to 99%. Not only does this addition significantly aid in fossil fuel emissions, but it is a healthy food for cows to consume as well.
Luckily, kelp mariculture is increasing in popularity, yet much more will have to be produced in order to fully provide for the cow population. Kelp farming is simple and sustainable if practiced correctly, and if you wish to learn about how that can be done, visit the Kelp Sustainable Farming blog post on our website. Adding kelp to the ocean to be farmed is an incredible system as the kelp helps to protect coastlines and helps to maintain a balanced ecosystem. This makes environmentalists happy as it is a step forward in our fight against climate change while also improving cow health for those profiting from that business.
Finding solutions like these that leave everyone happy are rare, but when we find them we must act upon them and take advantage of the opportunity. We must strive for healthy balance in this world, as it is the common denominator in how Mother Nature succeeds.