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How chickens are powering the circular economy

This article is sponsored by Veolia North America . Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the renewable energy plant that’s turning its waste into electricity. It’s a new twist on an old joke, but it’s true. Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) is restoring a former coal power plant to do exactly that, in the rural community of Lumberton, North Carolina. Agriculture is an enormous industry in North Carolina. Known as the American Broiler Belt, the state garners hundreds of thousands of jobs from this industry, most of which comes from poultry (PDF) . More than 5,700 farmers sell this type of harvest statewide and the local economy is $37 billion larger because of it. Why farm litter? Because there are literally tons of it, and because organic biomass is well known for its value as a renewable energy source. Reflecting this success, chicken coops are expanding, both in siz...

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