Dairy and a renewable energy source
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What’s better than a cow that supplies fresh, wholesome milk? Well, how about one that also provides clean and renewable energy? As owners of the Vermont-based Pleasant Valley Farm, Mark and Amanda St. Pierre are supplying one of the oldest sources of energy used by humans – sludge! As this family-run farm produces more than 40 million pounds of milk annually, it's also producing enough sludge to generate approximately 3.5 million KWH (kilowatt-hours) of clean, renewable, mooo energy.
• Working for Green does not support the use of digesters on large farms, or concentrated animal feeding operations, due to the high level of environmental and social damage associated with these farms.)
• In 2008, the EPA fined the St. Pierres for converting 41 acres of wetlands to corn and hay production areas on their dairy farm. They were also asked to restore damaged wetlands and perform additional environmental projects under the terms of a settlement with the EPA and the U.S. Dept. of Justice.
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