New York State Fair Butter Sculpture Being Turned Into Electric Energy
According to a report from The Daily Star, the massive 800-pound butter sculpture featured at this year's New York State Fair will be recycled and converted into electric energy.
According to the report, Noblehurst Farms in western New York will combine the broken down butter sculpture with other food waste and use the farm's digester to convert the waste into electric energy. The farm's digester is used to power the farm, the farm's creamery and about 350 homes and apparently the butter sculpture alone could power a single house for three days.
Chris Noble of Noblehurst Frams and Craigs Creamery told The Daily Star "We are honored to be recycling the New York State Fair Butter Sculpture for the seventh year in a row. We will mix the butter sculpture with other food waste and convert it to energy over the course of about 28 days. That energy will be created into electricity which will power homes in the local community."
According to a post by Marjolaine on Biogas World, researches at Cornell University discovered that they could pressure cook food waste, turning it into a crude liquid that could then be turned into a biofuel. And the post also indicated that food waste accounts for $680 billion annually and organic waste in landfills accounts for 15.1% of methane gas emissions in the United States, meaning that discovering an efficient way to turn that food waste into energy is not only eco-friendly, but also fiscally responsible.
"Our awareness of the role that dairy farmers are playing in addressing the global food waste problem has definitely heighted," Noble also said. "We are hopeful that our innovative food waste reduction practices will bring additional value as New York State focuses on reducing methane and sequestering carbon in the coming years.