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Conservation Inspiration

{written by : Pieter Heydenrych}

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Article active date : 2009-02-17 -- Article views : 6891

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An inspiring story about a milk farmer doing his bit...

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I was watching “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe last night on Discovery channel, and he presented a dirty job associated with a milk farm.  As it turns out however, this was not just any old milk farm.  It would in my books be defined as a very inspired “Green” milk farm.

And with all it this, I was so inspired,  I thought it worth an article, especially since I consider this approach visionary, and genius..

So here goes.

This farmer produces milk which he seem to get from a number of barn kept milk cows.  Nothing special here.  What is special here is what he does with the by products, yep the dung.  Apparently each cow produces about 75 pounds of dung per day, which he is putting to good use in the following ways :

Step 1 :

The wet dung is placed into a catchment area devised for capturing the methane produced by the bacteria feeding off the dung.

Benefit : Methane is not released into the atmosphere, helping to curb global warming.

Step 2 :

Once the methane extraction becomes inefficient, the liquids and solids are separated using a simple but effective pressure based extrusion process.

Benefit : No obvious benefit during this step, though significant benefits become visible in the next steps.

Step 3 :

The liquids are placed in a holding dam, and gets used as fertilizer for crops needed to feed the animals.

Benefits :

-                     No harmful chemicals are added to the environment in growing the crops.

-                     No need for producing chemical fertilizers for these crops, saving on significant energy costs, both in terms of money and environmental.

Step 4 :

The solids are placed in a large composter, and so dried out.  The dried product is then used to produce flower pots.  Yes you heard me right. 

Benefits :

-                     These are totally bio degradable flower pots, which can be planted directly with the plants, offering automatic natural fertilizer benefits to these plants. (by the way apparently they have no bad odour, so stop objecting)

-                     This means no need for plastic, non bio degradable pots, which will end up somewhere on a rubbish dump in time.

-                     This means no production (environmental cost of production) in the making of these plastic pots.

Step 5 :

The farmer uses the methane (which I believe is a clean fuel) to heat his home and barns.

Benefit :  No energy consumption for these very expensive (environmentally so) needs.

The only thing I can add here is that he does not do yet use the methane to also generate electricity, or power his farm vehicles.  But with his visionary approach, I expect it will likely prove also to be just a matter of time before he starts.

In the mean time, and even if you do not have the means to do something yourself, especially at this scale, do realize one thing from this story.  There are so many opportunities out there, small and large that can make a difference.  With a little vision we can all make a difference.

Oh and by the way, if you know a farmer, do tell him this story. He might be able to do something similar and so do his part as well. Saving in more ways than one I am certain…

And farmer sir, my hat to you…

Any way, let’s all be inspired, to do something small today, and maybe tomorrow will promise a better future for us all…

Author Bio :
Pieter Heydenrych is a Reiki master with a passion for learning, and teaching. And in an attempt to further this objective Pieter has established site called Esoteric Library. A site which is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the totally free distribution of the same, in the form of articles published by various authors and experts, to anyone with an interest in topics of an Esoteric Nature.

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