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Bill Gates invests in startup trying to make cows burp and fart less

Bill Gates said, "There are companies making 'beef' in new ways and people working to still use cows but reduce the methane emissions. I have backed a number of innovators in this space."

January 25, 2023 / 06:34 PM IST
Bill gates said eventually products that reduce methane emissions from livestock will be very good even though their share is small today.

Bill gates said eventually products that reduce methane emissions from livestock will be very good even though their share is small today.

Bill Gates's investment firm Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) recently led a $12 million funding round into an Australian startup working to reduce methane emissions which includes burps and farts from livestock, including cows.

Methane is a byproduct of food digestion and Rumin8 is developing a seaweed-based feed that would cut methane from livestock emissions, reported. The company plans to use the $12 million to carry out commercial trials and to develop a pilot manufacturing plant.

US Environmental Protection Agency has declared methane to be the most common greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. It is also 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere. Since livestock accounts for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, efforts are now underway to farm livestock more sustainably.

Read more: Soon, cow burps and farts can be turned into clothes