GRAPHIC: Zero Carbon Footprint Vegetable and Compost Production System

October 19, 2011 | 5:57 p.m. CDT
MU Bradford Research and Education Center provides this model of alternative waste management. Food waste from Campus Dining Services will be collected and taken to Bradford Research Center and mixed with animal manure and bedding to balance nitrogen and carbon requirements. It is then composted to create the optimum soil mixture for growing produce. Also, biodiesel produced at the center using waste cooking oil will power the trucks, tractors and equipment used for vegetable production as well as transportation of the same produce back to Campus Dining Services.

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