Mootral develops innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of drugs in the agricultural sector. Its first technology is Mootral Ruminant, a natural feed supplement that decreases methane emissions from cows by nearly 40 percent without impacting the texture or taste of milk or meat.
A third of all global methane emissions come from a perhaps surprising source—cow burps. Indeed, the average cow produces 500 liters of methane a day during its digestive process. This has serious climate implications since methane is 84 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Reducing these emissions is critical in the fight against climate change.
Mootral Ruminant is a proprietary and natural supplement made of garlic and citric acid that is easily mixed into cows’ regular feed. It significantly reduces the methane that cows, and other ruminants, emit during their unique digestive process (which allows them to better use energy from the fibrous plants they eat by fermenting it in a specialized stomach). As an added bonus, cows that consume the Mootral supplement have been shown to have increased milk production since their energy resources are not used producing methane.
Many experts argue that cutting methane emissions is the fastest way to slow the rate of global warming as we work to decarbonize our world. However, cattle and dairy farming will remain a primary source of these emissions unless we change the way cows eat and digest. To speed up this change, Mootral launched a carbon credit system—CowCredits—to provide additional revenue streams to encourage farmers to mitigate climate change, one cow at a time.
King Philanthropies’ equity investment in Mootral will help decarbonize methane emissions from agriculture and slow the rate of global warming, the impact of which disproportionately hurts the world’s poorest people.