The Carbon Foodprint

Increasing Methane Emissions From Livestock Are Responsible for 8.3 Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

Currently, ruminant animals are almost ten times more carbon intensive than alternative animal protein and more than 30 times more carbon intensive than vegetable protein.

This is predominantly from the generation of methane in their rumen (first stomach) from enteric fermentation.

Methane is of significant concern as it has a global warming effect vastly higher than carbon dioxide – by a factor of near 28 times.

Livestock are estimated to contribute 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions through methane production and as a result global livestock agriculture may face a carbon tax from domestic or international policy makers that could present a significant cost burden.

SeaStock will play a pivotal role in the facilitating carbon free livestock food production through the supplementation of Asparagopsis seaweed to their feed.

The Need for Net-Zero

The Australian Government plans to use feed supplements in the agriculture industry as key input to reaching Net Zero.

Net Zero Technologies

To expediate the implementation of these technologies into industry, Prime Minister Scott Morrision has recently created a billion dollar fund for Net Zero technologies, specifically referencing feed supplement as a leading emerging technology.

Delivery of Asparagopsis Feed Supplement to Grazing Ruminant Livestock

Australia is directing $30.7 million over six years towards these promising feed technologies: The $6 million Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock program supports research into the abatement potential and productivity benefits of livestock feed technologies. The $23 million Low Emissions Supplements to Grazing Animals at Scale program will help develop technologies to deliver low emissions feed supplements to grazing animals.

SeaStock with Murdoch University, plans to research and develop a method for Asparagopsis inclusion and delivery to grazing ruminant livestock.

Other Key Items from the Plan

$1.7 million to scale-up production of the red seaweed, Asparagopsis, including: – a $1 million Accelerating Commercialisation grant under the Entrepreneurs’ Program to scale-up production and support the commercialisation of Asparagopsis – a $675,000 grant from the $30 million Commercialisation Fund to establish a processing and manufacturing facility for this seaweed product.

The Government, industry and universities have also invested $270 million towards a new Marine Bioproducts CRC with Prof. Wei Zhang as chief executive officer.