Food Waste + Poop = Electricity

Listening to the recent NPR Short Wave Popcast on the episode for January 7, 2020 called “Food Waste + Poop = Electricity”. I loved this Podcast as it touched on a couple issues for me – concern over global warming and climate change, and the amount of food that is wasted in our country.  Not to mention, providing an added income source for struggling farmers.

A couple interesting facts from this Podcast:

  1. 30-40% of the food supply in the United States goes to waste!
  2. Folks at the USDA estimate that you could fill the Sears Tower in Chicago every year 44 times with the amount of food that goes to waste.
  3. Food waste releases methane when it rots – which is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of it’s warming impact.
  4. Up to 10% of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food waste.
  5. Massachusetts farmers are using cow manure (another huge methane releasing issue) and combining it with food waste to create energy.

My hope is that more states will enact policies and incentives to allow for this to become a standard across our country to help make a difference in global warming and providing for a use of the massive food waste in our country.

About howie snyder

Cycling Reverend, love Jesus, love my family, love meeting new people and sharing life with them!
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