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Methane

Methane is a greenhouse gas which is produced by livestock. Significant amounts of this gas are released into the atmosphere by farm animals consequently contributing to Global Warming. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol is an International agreement under which governments agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This agreement includes methane and so the UK Government has been commissioning research projects over recent years to look at how much methane livestock produce during their life-cycle and how this methane may be reduce for example by diet manipulation. Laboratory tests have shown that feed additives could provide an answer.

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