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USA Today Article Highlights Sustainability Efforts by Meat Producers

Monday, November 23, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

A growing number of companies are turning their attention to creating renewable products — such as adhesives and plastics — from the animal byproducts that can't be sold on supermarket shelves, according to article published in today’s USA Today.

The article, “Waste Not, Want Not: Companies Find Uses for Leftover Animal Parts,” by Greg Latshaw, highlights a number of efforts by top meat producers to develop new uses and markets for animal parts that human’s don’t eat.

For years, those parts have ended up in cosmetics, soap, pet food and animal feed. Now, meat companies are putting more resources into sustainability programs, said Paul Rutledge, Johnsonville Sausage EHSS director and co-chair of the American Meat Institute's Sustainability Committee, who is quoted in the article.

Companies and projects mentioned in the article include:

·        Tyson Foods of Springdale, Ark., which is developing plastics, adhesives and non-woven materials from the keratin protein found in feathers. Tyson Foods is also involved in a joint venture with Syntroleum Corp. of Tulsa to build a renewable fuels plant in Baton Rouge.

·        Perdue Farms which collects poultry litter — a blend of manure and wood shavings — and converts it into organic fertilizer pellets to be sold to wholesalers.

·       Maple Leaf Foods of Toronto, which  operates its own biodiesel plant near Montreal and uses a portion of the fuel it produces in its company trucks, says Todd Moser, vice president of alternative fuels.

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