ICYMI: How Animal Manure Could Help Reduce Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint

— Written By Rhea Hebert

What if we could decrease the negative impacts of climate change through sources derived from animal manure? A system that uses these sustainable resources to reduce agriculture’s reliance on fossil carbon resources and the resultant carbon dioxide emissions is one solution proposed by researchers in the colleges of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.

This reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, also known as decarbonization, could be done through a system in which organic waste-derived biogas — a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide gases — is converted into dietary protein and ammonia fertilizer. Biogas can be produced from raw bioresources — in this case, animal manure.

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