Vaca Vooom!!!

Reducing greenhouse gases towards anenvironmentally friendly beef consumption.

Vaca Vooom is a biofilter that captures methane fromCAFOs and converts it into less impactful CO2 byusing methanotrophic bacteria.

Use Case

Cattle farming sites will be deemed eligible if they areoperating as a CAFO with herds of more than 30 cowsin Midwest and northern regions of Brazil. Once a point of contact has been established, the team will visit the site to conduct a final vetting of the premises prior to onsite installation. Pending site approval, a technical advisor will install a quiet vacuum pump in a central but discrete location, connected to the Vaca Vooom filter, placed outside of the CAFO. A team member will conduct bimonthly visits to ensure proper filter function. The cattle farmer will be eligible to apply for low-interest government loans and will be granted tax exemptions due to low methane emissions. The farmer is now eligible to market their meat as “eco friendly”.

Potential

There have been several attempts to reduce theamount of methane emitted into the atmosphere as abyproduct of cattle production by designing solutionstargeting the cows. Scientists have even developedpills for cattle in order to reduce the amount ofmethane they produce. However, these proposalshave been proven to be nonviable to implementbecause of the strict feeding schedule and monitoringof diet content. Other scientists have tried to modifythe biome of cows to reduce methane emissions, butthey have not yet provided conclusive results.Vaca Vooom will instead target the filtration of themethane after it has been emitted by the cow withoutaltering the cattle's nature or diet.

Business Case

With the increasingly complex nature of food security,our team recognizes the need for collaboration acrosssectors. Therefore, we will seek a $25,000 grant fromBass Connection program, a group at Duke Universitywhich seeks to create teams from different levels ofeducation from different academic fields, to tacklecomplex problems. We would engage students andfaculty from the Nicolas School of the Environment, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Duke GlobalHealth Institute to create a prototype and initial pilotstudy to ensure feasibility.

Objectives:

  1. Reduce methane emissions from animal farming in order to mitigate the effects of global warming in crops.
  2. Reduce methane emissions from cattleproduction in Brazil.
  3. Offer cattle producers a way to market moreenvironmentally friendly meat.

Team Vaca Vooom!

Durham, United States of America

Our Team

Our Mission

Vaca Vooom! aims to protect agricultural activities that will feed the world’s growing population in coming years by reducing the environmental impact of methane emissions resulting from cattle farming. Vaca Vooom!’s mission is to design and successfully implement a tool in order to help cattle farmers to conduct their operations with environmental awareness while still having a sustainable source of income.

Our Background

Vaca Vooom is a group of students who come from very different walks of life and careers. This interdisciplinary team can combine a variety of perspectives and expertise to bring our project successfully to life. Vaca Vooom! cares about food security, human nutrition, sustainable farming activities, and the environment. Vaca Vooom! represents innovative thinking, tenacity, and a common passion towards contributing to the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050!

Our Team

Our Mission

Vaca Vooom! aims to protect agricultural activities that will feed the world’s growing population in coming years by reducing the environmental impact of methane emissions resulting from cattle ...Read More

Our Background

Vaca Vooom is a group of students who come from very different walks of life and careers. This interdisciplinary team can combine a variety of perspectives and expertise ...Read More

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