When eating your next meal with this sustainable flatware, consider this: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that food waste comprises 22 percent of what’s in our landfills. When landfilled, food waste is converted to methane–a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Farms like Barbland Dairy in New York provide a great community service—they accept food waste from local grocery stores and feed it to their cows. Not only does this recycling of food waste help the planet, but it also leads to the production of nutritious milk!
Another New York farm—Noblehurst Farms—has an anaerobic digester that produces clean, renewable energy from cow manure and food waste collected from local grocery stores, restaurants, consumer food companies, and even the New York State Fair! In addition, nutrients from the manure and food waste are recycled as fertilizer for crops.
Watch a video about Noblehurst Farms: