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Dairy waste into electric powder

Dairy waste, such as cow manure, waste silage and cheese whey might become viable energy sources. Clarkson University researchers are researching these waste products in order to help area farmers meet their own energy needs. Last year's New York State budget included a $1-million appropriation for Clarkson to investigate ways that dairy waste from cheese manufacturing and dairy farms can be used as feedstock to produce biogas to generate heat and electric power on New York farms.

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While steps toward sustainable development are worthwhile, enterprises should also consider animal welfare issues. Turning waste into energy might solve the issue of pollution and non-renewable resources; however, it doesn’t help alleviate the pain and suffering farm animals undergo in factory farms. Moving towards a plant-based diet would reduce animal suffering and factory farm waste.

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