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More sustainable farming through lower methane emissions

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.

Veramaris® natural marine algae technology

Natural marine algae technology

In 2017 DSM and Evonik announced their intention to establish a joint venture, Veramaris®, for omega-3 fatty acid products from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. This breakthrough innovation will, for the first time, enable the production of omega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition without using fish oil from wild caught fish, a finite resource. Evonik and DSM’s alternative omega-3 source is the first to offer both EPA and DHA and will be aimed at initial applications in salmon aquaculture and pet food.

It is expected that the initial annual production capacity of the new facility, which is expected to come on stream in 2019, will meet roughly 15% of the current total annual demand for EPA and DHA by the salmon aquaculture industry.