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One Man's Cow Poop is Another Man's House?

Manure, farm waste, cow poop. It's a waste issue for farmers that is increasing in cost. "A dairy farm can spend $200 per cow per year to handle its manure." Scientists are finding a new use for the stuff: making building products.

Researchers at Michigan State University and only today cialis woman the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been testing different kinds of particleboard, fiberboard and extruded lumber made from manure. The waste is first processed in an "anaerobic digester" which breaks down the buy sublingual cialis manure in a contained fashion. Methane gas and liquid fertilizer are the useful byproducts that come from this process, and now, the solid component is finding a use.

The product is being manufactured using processed, sterilized manure in place of wood chips. Combining the material with resins and applying heat and pressure, as is cost levitra lowest done with the wood-based versions of we choice how does levitra work these products, results in a board that has equal or better structural properties than the wood-based versions.

"It appears that the fibers interlock with each other better than wood," said Charles Gould at Michigan State's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "We end up with, I think, a superior material." (msnbc)

This is a literal example of a waste stream becoming a source of raw material for another process. We'll see if this becomes a viable commercial product or if the *ewwww* factor is just too much for consumers to bear.

via: Inhabitat and MSNBC

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written by Janis Mara, March 23, 2007

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wtf
written by jimmy jewber jiggly, May 02, 2007
wtf...mate
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student looking for help
written by logan, January 17, 2008
Hi i'm a student looking for help. I'm doing a science project on finding a new fuel and the only question i cant find an answer to is what pathogens do i need to break down this manure
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written by diplas, February 08, 2008
Just testing it!

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