In Idaho, cow poop becomes brown gold
For my first ever BM Newswire, I wanted to discuss something close to home. Little did I know exactly how close it would be. While reading the area papers I found out that Idaho is on the frontier of poop technology.
The Magic Valley in south central Idaho is home to thousands of cows, each one producing thousands of pounds of poop. The manure problem has been haunting farmers (and nearby villagers, who are sick of holding their noses) for way too long. To the rescue comes a Washington-based company called Organix. As the Magic Valley Times News reports, Organix helps farmers turn poop into profit. Using a technique develop by Organix, farmers can now put manure through anaerobic digesters that transform it into methane gas (the main component in natural gas) and fertilizer.
The cost is a little steep -- about $1000 per cow -- but over the course of time the money can easily be made back by selling the methane to gas companies and the fertilizer to nurseries, and by eliminating the farm's waste entirely, leaving only water as a byproduct.
Here on PoopReport, we have already read about pig shit powered racecars; now we have discovered that cow shit can heat homes, feed families, and make farmers money. How much further can poop go?