Pork giant Smithfield to convert pig poop gases into power
Posted: 2:21 PM, Oct 26, 2018
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<p>FILE- In this July 21, 2017, file photo, young hogs owned by Smithfield Foods are seen at a farm in Farmville, N.C. Jury selection began Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in a Raleigh federal courthouse for the second trial over claims the method in which Hong Kong-owned, Virginia-based Smithfield Foods raises hogs caused a number of problems for neighbors after the operations moved in. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)</p>
The world's largest pork company said it's going whole-hog on converting powerful pig poop gases into power.
Smithfield Foods said it is expanding to farms across North Carolina, Utah and Missouri a pilot program that traps methane and burns the gas to generate electricity.
Smithfield said its company-owned and contract farms over the next decade will cover waste-treatment pits to capture the gas and keep out rainwater. The gas will be channeled to processing centers and converted into natural gas.
The Environmental Defense Fund is working with Smithfield to reduce the company's greenhouse gas emissions. The environmental group said large-scale rollout of the plan could have an effect over 20 years of eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from more than 700,000 homes.
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