Japan’s agriculture ministry vows to mitigate GHG emissions from livestock

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Japan’s agriculture ministry is set to speed up research on methods to mitigate GHG emissions in cow burps in an attempt to fight against global warming and climate change.

Cow burps and gases from excrement account for some 30 per cent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the country’s farming sector.

From this month, the nation’s agri-ministry will examine microbes in cows’ stomach and feed ingredients to find the alternatives to lower carbon emissions.

Last month, the government also outlined a new strategy for realizing eco-friendly agriculture to reduce CO2 emissions from the farming, forestrt and fisheries sectors effectively to zero by 2050.