More sustainable farming through lower methane emissions
As the world’s population continues to grow so does the demand for beef and dairy products. However, a single dairy cow generates about 3 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) every year in the form of enteric (burped) methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In fact, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) this is the cause of 4% of all total global greenhouse gas emissions - making it a major contributor to climate change.
Now intense collaboration among scientists and experts across the globe has made a reduction in the methane produced by cows a reality. DSM toxicologists and analytical chemists and external research institutes are conducting extensive tests to ensure our new compound is safe while trials demonstrate a 30%-plus reduction in methane emissions without any adverse effects on animal welfare, feed consumption or performance. Our formulations and applications teams have turned the new compound into a feed supplement that's easily added to the cow’s regular daily diet and DSM process development experts are now planning commercial production.