Turning poultry waste into profit
Jaime LujÃ¡n Zilbermann
It seems everyone nowadays is into biofuels. But when the largest poultry
processor in the world decides to enter the biofuels arena it makes a big
It seems everyone nowadays is into biofuels. But when the largest poultry processor
in the world
decides to enter the biofuels arena, it makes a big difference.
The bigger trend in the industry, however, is how to go from waste to
by-product. Although the fatty wastes of animal processing have always been
rendered in order to make a sellable by-product, over the past couple of years,
newer technologies have allowed the conversion of further wastes into
higher-priced goods. Another recent example is the development of a biodegradable plastic from feathers
In most of these cases, the technology is not entirely new, but based on
decades-old research. What has prompted these new trends? There are several
reasons for this, but the bottom line, as in any business is money. Why pay for
the disposal of waste if you can transform it into something useful that can
actually make money?
Furthermore, as the poultry processing industry has become more competitive,
any reduction in costs or increase in profits can make the difference between a
company staying in the market or sinking into oblivion. Therefore, creativity
has become another valuable asset.
However, the poultry industry shouldn't think exclusively in terms of
products derived from poultry. There are plenty of opportunities out there to
make an extra buck. For example, large retail surfaces like hypermarkets have
recently been installing solar panels on their roofs, in the process utilizing a
vast under-used space. Any extra electricity produced not used by the
supermarket itself is resold back to the grid. Now why can't poultry processors
do the same?
Just another thought on how to turn "waste" into a useful "by-product", plus
some extra benefits for any companies "green credentials". Any takers out
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