Project Clean Cow: More sustainable farming
As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the demand for food, including beef and dairy. Unfortunately, the cows we raise for this purpose produce significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that causes climate change. A single dairy cow generates some 3 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) every year in the form of enteric methane. This process accounts for 4% of all total global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major contributor to climate change. Tackling climate change is a priority at DSM. Project Clean Cow is one way in which we’re helping.
Working in intense collaboration with scientists and experts in nutrition, biology, chemistry, engineering and analytics from across the globe, DSM has developed a compound that, when added to dairy cattle feed, reduces methane emissions by 30%. Including this compound in the diet has no adverse effects on animal welfare, feed consumption or performance. Commercial production is planned, and will provide an important opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of the beef and dairy sector. This unique and highly innovative feed solution from DSM will appeal to consumers who want to enjoy beef and dairy products without placing undue demands on the environment. Which is good news for farmers.