Argentina approves the use of a methane-reducing food additive
The Agriculture authorities approved a feed supplement for ruminants that reduces methane emissions.
The Argentine Government has been implementing several initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country, and recently the Ministry of Agriculture reiterated its commitment to sustainable food production and contribution to world food security.
The company that put forward the supplement is DSM, a Dutch company. DSM's innovation has been scientifically proven to be an effective solution to reduce methane emissions on farms and help agricultural producers lead the fight against climate change in the country, which represents one of the biggest beef exporters in the world. In addition, Argentina has been one of the 100+ signatories of the Global Methane Pledge, to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030.
“With the approval of Bovaer® in Argentina and the application of the supplement in the diet cattle and dairy, DSM offers an important solution for the local industries of animal protein to make operations increasingly sustainable, with quality and responsibility to feed a growing population. This is another important step for the company to help the Latin American animal protein industry further reduce plus your carbon footprint,” says Mark van Nieuwland, Vice President of Bovaer®. Methane is a natural byproduct of digestion in cows and other ruminants. Therefore, these animals are part of the emission of greenhouse gases."
Argentina is one of the top five meat exporters worldwide. With market approval, DSM expands Bovaer® for Argentine livestock, enabling new business models.
Bovaer® is the result of a decade of scientific research, including more than 50 peer-reviewed studies published in independent scientific journals and 52 on-farm trials in 14 countries on four continents. Just a quarter teaspoon per day of Bovaer® per cow reduces methane emissions by an average of 30% for dairy cows and even higher percentages, on average 45% for beef cattle. After feeding, fill effect immediately.
Brazil was the first country in Latin America to grant regulatory approval for the application of the additive, in September 2021, followed by Chile. In February of this year, Bovaer® received EU approval and is currently available in more than 35 countries.