Now, breweries aren’t the only businesses in Vermont that have to deal with a lot of waste. We’re talking about the only thing Vermonters might love as much as they love beer: Dairy.
We can’t have all that fantastic cheese, yogurt, and milk without cows, and cows produce waste. Lots of it.
These days, thanks to some recent innovations in microbiology, we have a way to turn that waste into something useful. By using microbes to break down the cow manure, the methane can be harvested and used to run a motor that adds its energy to the power grid. The remaining waste is then separated into liquids and solids. The unpleasant smell is gone, the liquids are used for fertilizer, and the solids are used for animal bedding. How cool is that? It’s like the friggin‘ circle of life!
Click here to learn more about the Cow Power Program.
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 Specifically, archaea, which are prokaryotes like bacteria but are actually a separate domain.