The Dutch chemical company DSM is going to supply Brazilian meat giant JBS with a product that should reduce methane emissions from cows. It is a food supplement that reduces the natural emission of the gas by the animals.
Methane (CH4) is a powerful greenhouse gas. After carbon dioxide (CO2), it is the most important greenhouse gas and responsible for about a quarter of the current global warming. It is released in the production of oil and gas, and in cows it is created in the rumen in digestion. By farming, exhaling, letting winds and through manure production, the animals emit the gas into the atmosphere again.
Thanks to DSMs food supplement, an enzyme responsible for the formation of methane gas is rendered harmless. As a result, the animals have less gas formation. DSM claims that with the methane inhibitor, the emissions from the animals can be reduced by 30 to 90 percent, depending on the type of cow.
Admission to Dutch market
JBS, the largest meat company in the world, wants to be CO2 neutral by 2040. The meat processor initially wants to feed the supplement to the cows that the group has run around in Brazil. Exactly how many animals it concerns is unclear. Brazil is among the countries with the most cows in the world.
The Limburg multinational DSM also has an application for admission to the Dutch market running. Conclusion about the award is expected in the coming six months, says a spokesperson.