Gallery: New Process Can Turn Nine Billion Pounds of Meat and Bone Meal...

 

Cows continue to have a disastrous environmental impact long after they meat their unhappy fate at the slaughterhouse. In order to keep America Mad Cow Disease-free, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration outlawed the practice of turning byproducts of slaughtered animals into feed, leaving mounds of chemically-treated meat and bone meal (MBM) to accumulate in landfills. Not anymore, says the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS recently announced that they can mitigate that waste by using MBM instead of petroleum or natural gas to produce a partially biodegradeable plastic that not only clears landfills, but also reduces our reliance on fossil fuels.

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  1. caeman March 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    So, the cow is not destructive after all if it can help to eliminate some of our use of oil-based plastic.

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