Earth:Mootral

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Mootral is the name given to a programme to reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals, chiefly cows and sheep, but also goats. Methane is a major target greenhouse gas and in the 4th protocol report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is recommended to increase from a x23 to x72 multiplier because of the magnitude of its effect relative to carbon dioxide and short longevity in Earth's atmosphere.

Natural feed supplement

The Mootral natural feed supplement is produced by Neem Biotech. The active ingredient is an organic organosulfur compound (normally found in garlic), Research at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales has demonstrated up to a 94% reduction in methane production.

Emission trading

Mootral is the brand for the project, designed to certify approved methane reduction programmes in which corporates may participate and prove the provenance of their involvement. Proceeds of emission trading credits are part donated to farmers, who will receive Mootral without charge for adding to their cattle feed. Further surpluses return to programme participants and charities allied to greenhouse gas reduction research.

Publicity

Mootral is a finalist in the Shell/BBC/Newsweek World Challenge 2009 as one of the 12 most promising solutions to climate change.

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