Discover2019-10-01T08:06:34-04:00

Discover

Every second, of every day, there are people thinking, trying, testing, flying, investing, inspiring, and applying new ideas, with an insatiable drive to guarantee a world where people, animals, and plants can thrive.

These are their stories.

Cows keep the lights on: Using methane digesters to turn waste into watts

When the sun rises each morning and we turn on the lights to start our day, many of us are unaware of exactly where the electricity lighting our homes originates or how it is created. For many homes in California’s San Joaquin Valley, that electricity is being powered by an unexpected source: cow manure. At Fiscalini Farms outside Modesto, California, Brian Fiscalini and his family are practicing sustainable dairy farming by using a dairy methane digester. The methane digester converts the manure created by their dairy cows into electricity by combining the manure with high levels of heat.

Frank Mitloehner: Cattle, climate change and the methane myth

Dr. Frank Mitloehner has done the math on the livestock industry’s contribution to climate change. He is a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, specializing in measurement and mitigation of airborne pollutants from livestock production, including greenhouse gases, VOCs, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter. Dr. Mitloehner joins us for a closer look at the claims against agriculture and what he says is the truth behind cattle production and climate change.

Ramez Naam: Agriculture can be a hero of sustainability

The world is facing many sustainability challenges, including food insecurity, depleted water resources and natural disasters like increased flooding and wildfires. Additionally, as the middle class continues to grow, we will need to produce 60 to 80 percent more food, including more animal protein, by 2050 — and all with less water and land. Despite these seemingly insurmountable odds, Ramez Naam, co-chair of Energy and Environment at Singularity University, believes that the Earth is actually on the path to becoming a Planet of Plenty™ and that agriculture has a critical role to play.

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