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Waterloo will soon be the home of a pilot program that will turn dog waste into energy.
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Since travelling to Tanzania this September I have a more useful way of looking at addressing food scarcity. I got to see World Vision at work providing communities with the tools necessary to create a sustainable living. We met fish farmers, bee farmers, food and milk processing workers, and saw water projects that helped farmers feed multiple communities.
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Lethbridge Biogas takes the manure and food waste, mixes it together, heats it to 39 degrees Celsius and captures the methane (natural gas) to power twin 1.4 megawatt generators to produce enough power for 3,000 homes. The 3.9 million litre digesters resemble giant, squat grain silos with dome tops.
Bern Kotelko grew up farming near Vegreville near Edmonton in Alberta. When you start having that many cows in one place the poop starts to pile up. Rather than see that as a problem Kotelko and his business partners saw it as an opportunity.
Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food -- that's 1.3-billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people with that food but it's an astonishing waste of energy as well. Just think of all the energy that goes into growing, fertilizing, processing and transporting 1.3-billion tonnes of food a year. Harvest Power has a partial solution.
We spent 2013 crisscrossing the country finding inspiring stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities: we met everyone from Kent Rathwell, the i...
Ecologist Peter Marshall put it best: "Waste itself is a human concept; everything in nature is eventually used." Head to a forest and see if you can spot any waste. Fungi are breaking down the dead trees, the leaf litter on the forest floor retains moisture and protects the soil from the sun. As a species, we're cottoning on the fact that what we consider waste is often a valuable resource.
French fry oil, molasses, donuts and cow manure. No, it's not the grossest Tim Horton's ever, it's called biogas and Canadian farmers are starting to wrap their heads around this farm diversification idea.