"Environment" research area

Making the best of the rest

By Mary Hoff

Every day, Second Harvest Heartland gathers more than 100 tons of food from donors across Minnesota and western Wisconsin and redistributes it to food shelves and others who serve people in need. In the process, the food bank—the second largest in the U.S.—ends up with some 3 tons of bad cabbage, spoiled milk, too-old-to-eat cereal and other “unfit for consumption” bits and pieces left over from this process. 

And pays $200,000 per year to have it hauled away.

Now, Second Harvest is looking to turn this waste into a “third harvest” with the help of a MnDRIVE demonstration grant, University of Minnesota agricultural engineers, and an invention that began as a way to reduce problems with pig poop.

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