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17th February 2021  Content supplied by: Sea Forest

Algae-Diet for Methane Producing Livestock Receives Government Funding


Pioneering Aussie business, Sea Forest is proving life is better down where it’s wetter, developing leading-edge innovations for a lasting environmental impact under the sea and above. 

The ocean-based organisation has been successful in securing funding from the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Sydney-based environmental start-up Sea Forest is showing seaweed is not only for wrapping your California sushi roll. Instead, when used as an additive in livestock feed, it has been proven to reduce methane emissions by more than 99%.

Sea Forest has designed an inventive method for farming the unique Asparagopsis algae. Native to Australian coastal waters, Asparagopsis is rich in a compound called bromoform which has been proven to have profound effects on emissions and even result in faster growing and healthier livestock.

CEO Sam Elsom leads a team of scientists/climate change warriors, aiming for Sea Forest to be the first company in the world to cultivate Asparagopsis at commercial scale.

With the support of its Accelerating Commercialisation grant, it will soon be able to supply commercial quantities of the product and in turn change the face of the billion-dollar livestock industry in Australia and overseas.


    

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Date Published: 17th February 2021

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