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This common flower could tackle emissions from cattle

Words by Abi Scaife

Daffodils may be the key to tackling cow burps.

Come again?

Cows produce methane - a greenhouse gas - when they pass gas. Unfortunately, methane is a big problem for climate change - which is why scientists are looking for ways to make a change.

What are they doing?

Scientists have discovered that a chemical called haemantamine, which can be extracted from daffodils, can reduce gas emissions from a cow by 30% when it is added to their food.

This has great implications for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and making our country greener!

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Rewilding Britain. They aim to tackle the climate emergency and extinction crisis, reconnect people with the natural world and help communities thrive. Find out more here.

Devon’s Wildlife Trust. DWT is the only local charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places across Devon - on land and at sea. Learn more here.

Climate Reframe.  Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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