Did you know cows have 4 stomachs and a sensitive digestive system? Inside their stomach is good and bad bacteria just like there is in humans. The problem is, they belch and fart and then spread methane gas all over the planet. (80% burping and 20% farting) Cows are worse for the environment than the average car. Enter Mootral and climate smart beef.
Mootral has developed an all-natural feed supplement for cows (like a probiotic) that neutralizes the bad bacteria in the cow’s stomach, reducing the production of methane gas by 30%, which is better for our environment. Globally, livestock is responsible for 15% of total greenhouse emissions.
I’m going to spend Thanksgiving in Napa and will be taking interstate 5, which means I’ll pass by a huge slaughterhouse. It stinks for miles. If we’re not careful those cows will start exploding and it won’t be pretty.
Cowilicious Food Truck
I was invited to an event at Facebook LA and Mootral had a food truck there called Cowilicious serving beef that was fed the Mootral supplement. We were served delicious smart climate beef tostadas created by Top Chef Winner and restauranteur Michael Voltaggio of Ink.well.
So far, Cowilicious is the only food truck in the country serving climate smart beef but their mission is to encourage farmers, food manufacturers, restaurants, and beefeaters to embrace environmentally friendly meat.
Right now, Mootral is on a “Farm for Change” tour. They are encouraging the public to ask their butcher, grocery store, and favorite restaurants to sell Mootral-bred beef to prevent the buildup of methane gas in the atmosphere. Their goal is to have meat certified as smart climate beef. It’s a grassroots effort to spread public awareness.
Mootral is currently testing cows bred for beef at U.C. Davis but will soon be doing clinical trials on dairy cows to create healthy and eco-friendly milk for consumers.
The future of food
Chef Voltaggio: “I think the future of food is people being a little more conscious, and asking more questions about what they’re putting in their bodies. And more importantly, what the impact on the environment might have and how that food is actually being produced.
It’s not just an understanding of what we’re eating but it’s a responsibility that people now feel as consumers to be investing in the right food when investing in themselves. They’re feeling their bodies with this. I think people want to be more conscious of where this is coming from.”
The quality of climate smart beef
Chef Voltaggio: “To me, the beef tastes like beef. There’s no difference in flavor. I have a lot of fun cooking this meat. At the end of the day, I thought there was going to some weird reaction or something different from it. When I put it in the pan, it was just beef.”
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