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Answer To Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction? Coriander.

Published 31st October 2010 - 0 comments - 1054 views -

Spices saving the planet? Yes. It is correct. Newcastle University research student Mohammad Mehedi Hasan and Dr Abdul Shakoor Chaudhry proved that by research.

„Methane is a major contributor to global warming and the slow digestive system of ruminant animals such as cows and sheep makes them a key producer of the gas.“

Both scientists tested five curry spices – turmeric, cumin, coriander, clove and cinnamon. Spices were in simulated chewed form by the sheep (ground up) and added to an in-vitro solution mimicking that found in the rumen of a sheep. 

The “winner” of the research was coriander which reduced methane production by 40% followed by turmeric by 30% and cumin 22%.

 curry spices

„Mehedi explained: “Spices have long been used safely by humans to kill bacteria and treat a variety of ailments – coriander seeds, for example, are often prescribed for stomach complaints while turmeric and cloves are strong antiseptics.“

Curry spices function like antibiotics, they manage to kill „bad“ bacteria in animal´s and help „good“ bacteria to blossom.

“Latest figures held by Defra show that in 2009 there was an estimated 30 million sheep in the UK each producing around 20litres of methane a day.  As well as the environmental implications of this, the sheep also wastes vital energy, losing an estimated 12pc of its food energy to methane production which results in a lower milk and meat yield.  In recent years, antibiotics were added to feed but these were banned by the European Union in 2006.“

"Dr Chaudhry added: “Since antibiotics were banned, the hunt is on for new, safe, cheap ways to reduce methane production in ruminants. Plants like coriander are an ideal solution, especially in parts of the world where expensive treatments are not an option.”

The research did not mention whether milk had spicy taste. Maybe our milk  will have different flavours and colours in the future, but it is a reasonable price for fresh air and ability to breath it. 


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