Written by: Paul Davis | November 15, 2019
Today and every day, the U.S. feed industry celebrates America Recycles Day. The feed industry is and always has been a big recycler through its use of co-products in animal feed. Recycling products that would otherwise be discarded into co-products to be used in feed significantly helps to reduce our environmental footprint.
In 2016, roughly 110 million tons – or roughly 47% of the total feed produced in the U.S. – came from co-products that may have otherwise found homes in landfills. In fact, all landfills in the U.S. would be full in just four years if it weren’t for the use of co-products – and the feed industry is definitely doing its part!
Think of any industry in the food and beverage sector – you can bet that animals benefit from that industry’s co-products. Almost all major feed ingredients are co-products, with the exception of whole grains and cottonseed. Feed manufacturers use a wide array of co-products in making animal feed, such as:
For decades, the animal food industry has played a critical role in finding innovative ways to use leftovers from food processors and reducing food waste. The feed industry is committed to continuing to do good by the environment and to finding new ways to do more with less.
Happy America Recycles Day!