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(Nashoba Publishing)   Massachusetts bans throwing away leftovers because don't you know there are starving children in Dorchester and will you PLEASE sit up straight and not roll your eyes while your governor is talking to you   (nashobapublishing.com) divider line 10
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2014-02-01 02:58:09 PM  
3 votes:
This isn't a new concept.  Some cities have been doing this for years.  IIRC they even had an episode on Dirty Jobs about this very thing, where restaurants have to set aside food waste in separate bins to be collected by local waste collectors who compost it and turn it into fertilizer.
2014-02-01 03:40:48 PM  
2 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: HairBolus: People used to feed food waste to pigs. I don't know how much this was ever done on a larger than individual scale where pig ranchers had deals with several restaurants for what the dishwashers scraped off plates.

Also shown on "Dirty Jobs".


Here is the link. At least they separate out most plastic and cook the slop from Las Vegas restaurants before feeding it to pigs. I wonder what the laws in various states are concerning commercial pig slop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRkCQH02AxE
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Dirty Jobs : Pig Slop Processor by Discovery
2014-02-01 03:15:51 PM  
2 votes:
People used to feed food waste to pigs. I don't know how much this was ever done on a larger than individual scale where pig ranchers had deals with several restaurants for what the dishwashers scraped off plates.

People are again proposing this though there is the problem of diseases and how you can protect large slop collection from contamination and poisons.

https://www.google.com/search?q=food+waste+pigs
2014-02-01 01:39:21 PM  
2 votes:
Or, we could just have leftovers.
2014-02-01 03:41:06 PM  
1 votes:
There are thirsty drunks in Ireland! Finish your beer!
2014-02-01 03:32:25 PM  
1 votes:
2014-02-01 03:27:17 PM  
1 votes:

buzzcut73: SwiftFox: AntiGravitas: Had friends who "rescued" food from dumpsters to alleviate waste.  Even fed it to their kids.  He works in IT and has the means to provide, but believed they were living more moral life by freeclaiming the food.

But hey, by the article this is another food-to-fuel scheme.  Once they get it up and running, if the price of energy goes higher than what they can get at the supermarket, not just corn producers but farms of all types, Tyson Chicken, etc, can just divert their trucks from the food retail packaging and processing direct to the profitable anaerobic digesters. A huge benefit for profit guarantees.

I hope you're trolling, but there's no way anybody's going to pay supermarket prices (2.99 lb for some chicken) for feedstock to make what amounts to natural gas (which is cheap and plentiful as it is in most places). Not when they can charge people that are mandated by law to have it hauled to their plant.


No one is talking about taking high value products off the market, they are talking about taking low value "waste streams" and converting them to energy.  For example, lets say you are a chicken farmer and I am a brewer.  When I make beer I have a shiat load of spent grains (crushed barley that I extracted the sugar from) to get rid of.  Since I have no use for the spent grains, I let you come over and pick them up for free (or maybe I charge you a nominal fee) as a high protein chicken feed.  I get free waste disposal, and you get free chicken food.  If an energy company comes along and offers to pay me for the spent grains so that they can turn it into electricity, I sell them the grains instead of you.  Your chicken margins are built on the assumption of cheap chicken food, so without my cheap grains you either have to raise prices or go out of business.  When you raise prices, the guy at the store now has to pay $3.49/lb for chicken.
2014-02-01 03:24:35 PM  
1 votes:
I'm okay with this.jpg
2014-02-01 03:16:29 PM  
1 votes:
I'd love to see some of the unspoiled food which must be disposed of to go to food banks and the like.  There's quite a bit of it that gets thrown out simply because a customer would rather buy a 'fresh baked' bread instead of a 'day old'.
2014-02-01 03:11:58 PM  
1 votes:

SwiftFox: AntiGravitas: Had friends who "rescued" food from dumpsters to alleviate waste.  Even fed it to their kids.  He works in IT and has the means to provide, but believed they were living more moral life by freeclaiming the food.

But hey, by the article this is another food-to-fuel scheme.  Once they get it up and running, if the price of energy goes higher than what they can get at the supermarket, not just corn producers but farms of all types, Tyson Chicken, etc, can just divert their trucks from the food retail packaging and processing direct to the profitable anaerobic digesters. A huge benefit for profit guarantees.


I hope you're trolling, but there's no way anybody's going to pay supermarket prices (2.99 lb for some chicken) for feedstock to make what amounts to natural gas (which is cheap and plentiful as it is in most places). Not when they can charge people that are mandated by law to have it hauled to their plant.
 
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