In Idaho, cow poop becomes brown gold

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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?

16 Comments on "In Idaho, cow poop becomes brown gold"

Anomalous Coward's picture
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If pig shit and cowshit can do that much, just think what politician shit might do! Imagine a never diminishing instantaneously renewable source of energy. Finally having them damn politicians around might just begin to pay off.

healthy 1's picture
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Lol AC, with all the politician shit in Washington, they could start a second grainbelt.

Yeah, as odd as it might sound, all kinds of manure can have lots of benefit. The methane from animal manure (including human) can be used as fuel (also see "Poop powered care may save mother earth").

It can be used as solid or liquid fertilizer.

To sum it up, poop does have a placec in the world besides the landfill.

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Poop is an amazing substance, that is for sure.

I currently have a giant horse shit mountain in my backyard (pictures as soon as I get home) and I am using the stuff to make a shit garden. Next spring I will have a nice tilled veggie garden with shit for soil. My experiments this spring sprouted some healthy bean stalks (yeah, I know), but the sun dried them out. Work on the sun exposure and we're set to go!

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How much further can poop go, you ask? The answer, I suspect, lies with NASA. When they find a way to make rocket fuel out of poop, then space will indeed be the ultimate frontier.

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[grammar nazi]

I would like to know how you "pupt manure." (Dave, I can't even fix that, because I have no idea what word it's supposed to be.)

Oh, and healthy 1, I want to know more about this poop powered care, and if a doctor could see to it if I get that if I ever have to go to the hospital.

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Dave's picture
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AB2K, "pupt" is actually a highly technical scientific term relating to the "chemical transformation of organic matter into transsubstantial molecules." I actually had to get a graduate degree in chemical engineering to understand it. But for the sake of clarity -- and ONLY for the sake of clarity -- I'll change it to "put."

Noel Coward's picture

Hasn't this been around for decades? It's not news that they're using animal crap to generate methane. What would be news would be if they finally mandated the installation of separators that would divert some of the millions of tons of human shit that goes down the drain each day. I imagine you could power a good sized town just on its residents' crap. Of course, this would work better in places like Philadelphia, where the average person is relatively full of crap...but I suppose it might work in middle America as well.

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AB2K. That was supposed to be "poop powered car may save mother earth". Sorry about the mixup, I accidentally hit the e key, next to the r key.

There is a city in California (I think LA), that powers the city (or part of it) from methane gas, out of the landfill. Supposedly, the LA landfill is the biggest in the U.S..

I saw the story on Mordern Marvels, about three or four years ago.

TSV, horse manure in your garden? Add some Miracle Grow and the right amout of water, and you will have mega sized vegetables, trust me. I have grown gardens every year since 1992, picking up from my parents, who grew vegetables every year since 1937. Horse manure is the best for a garden, bar none.

If I may add to this story. It is not only poop that goes to waste, look at the millions of tons of vegetable scraps, leaves, and grass clipings that clog up our landfills, along with sewage. As I have stated in other threads, I created a system that composts all of my organic waste (including bodily waste). As a result, I have reduced the amount of waste that goes onto a garbage truck, or into the sewer by a whopping 88%! And I plan to make the system even better in the spring of '07.

Finally, I am all for this "poop energy" thing. But at $1,000.00 a cow, I feel that more can be done to make the system more efficient and cost effective.
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Shit monster's picture
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Which reminds me I am gonna come up with a way to run a car off human shit. Here's how Im gonna go about doing it: I live in Fort Collins, CO and there is a water reclamation facility on East Drake street. This particular turd plant is about 1.5 miles wide (east and west) and about 2 miles long. This particular plant has digesters and creates a whole shitload of methane gas in which they just burn off in a torch, and probably use to heat the buildings. My plan is to get some of this methane gas, and get one of the natural gas conversion kits and attach it to an engine and see if itll run off it! Cool plan huh? do you think it will work?


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Shit monster's picture
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By the way, Healthy 1, how did you make this magnificent recycling center for all waste?, could you give us the low down please?


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In China, it is called "night soil". They have been harvesting poop for a long time.
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healthy 1's picture
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SM, first, I have lots of knowlege about organic matter, and disease control.

Basically what I did was, I dug a 4' by 4' by 3.5' deep hole. I then took some galvanized tubing, and built a frame. Next, I screened the bottom half with 1/2 inch galvanized screen. I got some pressure treated plywood and framed in the top half of the box. The wood was painted with an all weather paint. (Footnote, the pressure treated wood cannot touch the compost, for it will kill of the microbes needed for decomposition). I then added a swinging aluminum door to the top of the box.

I disconected my toilets from the sewer (and capped the outlets), and piped (4" pipe) them to the composting box. I included a trap under the foundation of my house.

Lastly, I installed a digital thermometer in the composter, that will insure that the mix remains at or above 131F. I achieve the temperature by adding kitchen scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other bio degradable substances to the mix. I also rotate the mix once a week.

The purpose of the system is: I want to compost "humanure", but don't like the idea of lugging buckets of shit out in four feet of snow in the winter, and 100 degree weather in the summer. Also, I don't have to store the humanure in my house, I simply flush it away, but still get the benefits from it, yet dispose of it in a more environmentally friendly way.

I was inspired by this by an article in the newspaper stating that several species of fish had been killed of (yes several species) since the sewage plant was built in the mid 70's.

I only recommend this method to those who have experience in this sort of stuff.
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Shit monster's picture
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Holy Shit dude, that is frickin awesome, could you tell me some of the knowledge you have?


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Dan Freefurter's picture

Healthy is a shit god. I want to collect shit in my basement so I can be all healthy and grow vegetables and other stuff like that. Show me the way lord of crap.

Deja Poo's picture
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FreeFurter, ask your wife's (or your parents', as the case may be) permission before you set off on such an endeavour. If the wife finds out that you are collecting shit in the basement unbeknownst to her, there may be a resulting shit storm in other parts of the house.
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Hooman Dot TV's picture

The truth about cow poop.