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Jord til bord: Innovativt fodertilsætningsstof vil reducere metan-emissioner fra malkekøer i EU

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Member states have approved the marketing in the EU of an innovative feed additive, as proposed by the Commission. The additive, consisting of 3‐nitrooxypropanol, will help to reduce the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from cows. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, said: “Innovation is key for a successful shift towards a more sustainable food system. The EU continues to lead the way in ensuring food safety while adapting to new technologies that can make food production more sustainable. Cutting farming-related methane emissions is key in our fight against climate change and today’s approval is a very telling example of what we can achieve through new agricultural innovations.” The product went through a stringent scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority which indgået that it is efficacious in reducing methane emissions by cows for milk production. Once the decision is adopted by the Commission, expected in the coming months, the feed additive will be the first of its kind available on the EU market. This innovative product will contribute to the greening of the EU’s agriculture, and to the objectives of the Farm to Fork Strategy: it has been estimated that it will cut methane emissions in dairy cows by between 20% and 35%, without affecting production. Its use is safe for cows and consumers, and does not impact the quality of the dairy products. A 2021 indberette fra FN's miljøprogram konkluderede husdyremissioner - fra husdyrgødning og gastro-enteriske udledninger - for omkring en tredjedel af menneskeskabte metan-emissioner.

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