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RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC.

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Q&A-What is the science behind the moo-ve from cattle methane emissions?

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09/18/2020 | 06:00am EDT

Sept 18 (Reuters) - Scientists have worked for years to reduce methane emissions from cattle burps by changing what cattle eat, or through research on vaccines, genetic modification of cattle and even forehead-mounted masks and backpacks to trap vapors.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Methane, the second-most abundant greenhouse gas from human-related activities after carbon dioxide, accounts for 20% of global emissions, according to the Global Methane Initiative.

Livestock emissions come from feed production and processing (45%), burps and flatulence (39%), manure storage and processing (10%) and processing and transportation of animal products (the rest), according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Even so, greenhouse gas emissions intensity per kilogram of milk declined almost 11% from 2005 to 2015 as farmers improved animal health and feed quality and better managed herds, resulting in more milk per cow, according to the FAO.

WHY ARE LIVESTOCK GASSY?

Ruminant livestock - cattle, sheep, bison, goats, deer and camels - have a stomach compartment called the rumen in which microbes produce methane as a byproduct of digesting fibrous plant material. Certain feed additives claim to inhibit these microbes from making methane.

WHO MAKES METHANE-REDUCING FEED ADDITIVES?

Agolin SA. The Swiss company's Agolin Ruminant feed additive contains extracts from coriander seed oil, clove and wild carrot. It claims that shifting the microbial population in the rumen leads to greater milk production.

Trials in Europe and the United States have confirmed methane reductions of 10% per animal.

DSM. The Netherlands-based nutrition and health company developed a product called Bovaer after 10 years of development. It consists of a molecule synthesized from two natural compounds. Trials have demonstrated it can consistently reduce enteric (related to the intestines) methane by 30% or more than 70% in specific conditions.

Mootral. The Swiss company developed a feed supplement based on garlic and citric extracts to reduce enteric emissions. It claims to inhibit activity of the archaea, a type of micro-organism, and reduce methane emissions by up to 38%.

Restaurant Brands International. The owner of Burger King restaurants is developing its own feed from lemongrass. Acquiring commercial-scale quantities of the plant is its biggest supply-chain issue, said Matt Banton, Restaurant Brands' head of global innovation and sustainability.

Research continues in 2021 in the United States, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico and Austria.

Burger King said preliminary research showed that adding lemongrass to cattle feed reduced methane emissions 33% during the last three to four months of the cow's life.

Alltech Inc. U.S. company produces Yea-Sacc, a commercially available yeast culture. It improves feed efficiency and is certified to reduce cattle methane emissions intensity, said Vice President Matthew Smith.

Syngenta. The seed and chemical company developed Enogen corn in the early 2000s to make biofuel production more efficient. Syngenta is evaluating Enogen's potential benefits in reducing livestock methane emissions, spokesman Jason Sparks said.

Cargill Inc. The U.S. agribusiness company is developing a methane-reduction product for sale to farmers "in the near future," said spokesman Daniel Sullivan.

ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES?

Research published last year by University of Adelaide adjunct professor of animal science John Williams showed that the level of methane-producing microbes in the cow's rumen is largely influenced by its genetic makeup. Breeding cattle to select for those with a complexity of microbes that have low methane production is a more permanent solution than adjusting feed, he said.

Sources: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Newtrient LLC, companies.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba Additional reporting by Ana Mano in Sao Paulo Editing by Matthew Lewis)


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CLASS III MILK FUTURES (DC) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.00% 21.63 End-of-day quote.11.96%
CLASS IV MILK?FUTURES (GDK) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 -1.10% 13.52 End-of-day quote.-19.48%
DRY WHEY?FUTURES (DY) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.73% 34.55 End-of-day quote.4.10%
EURO / BRAZILIAN REAL (EUR/BRL) 0.81% 6.6639 Delayed Quote.46.71%
FEEDER CATTLE?FUTURES (GF) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 -0.47% 133.2 End-of-day quote.-7.91%
LIVE CATTLE (LE) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.05% 103.375 End-of-day quote.-17.14%
LONDON BRENT OIL -1.65% 41.66 Delayed Quote.-35.76%
NONFAT DRY MILK FUTURES (GNF) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.09% 106.65 End-of-day quote.-12.20%
RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. -0.53% 56.78 Delayed Quote.-10.96%
ROYAL DSM N.V. -0.32% 141.3 Delayed Quote.21.71%
WTI -2.04% 39.715 Delayed Quote.-33.87%
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Sales 2020 5 028 M - -
Net income 2020 981 M - -
Net Debt 2020 11 134 M - -
P/E ratio 2020 27,2x
Yield 2020 3,73%
Capitalization 17 211 M 17 211 M -
EV / Sales 2020 5,64x
EV / Sales 2021 4,98x
Nbr of Employees 6 300
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