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Methane-reducing seaweed additive wins The Food Planet Prize

15 December 2020

A seaweed-based cattle feed that dramatically reduces methane emissions, outlined by research body CSIRO, has won the largest monetary reward on the global food stage.

According to reporting in the Northern Daily Leader, FutureFeed, an Australian livestock feed supplement developed by CSIRO, has won one of four Food Planet Prizes worth A$1.3 million.

FutureFeed’s offering was recognised due to its dramatic methane-reduction capability for cattle and sheep, which will yield significant climate and environmental benefits if adopted on a broad scale. The award also recognises the economic potential of seaweed farming, which could provide new livelihoods to coastal communities across Australia.

 

FutureFeed is made with asparagopsis, a species of red seaweed. When small amounts are fed to cattle or other ruminants, it reduces methane outputs by over 90 percent. There is also evidence that asparagopsis supplementation can improve other productivity measures.

FutureFeed commercialised earlier this year with backing from food retailer Woolworths, billionaire Andrew Forrest and other key investors.

Read more about this story in the Northern Daily Leader.



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