A recent “off-beat” story hit the news: hundreds of thousands of Skittles candies were found covering a Wisconsin highway, which were destined for farms as a feed supplement for cattle.
The story was often covered either as humor or as alarmist concern over candies being used in cattle feed.
Both missed the point. Post-industrial food waste – of many kinds – has long been used to enhance livestock feed.
In fact, the EPA lists Feeding Animals as the third tier in their Food Recovery Hierarchy.
At Quincy Farm Products our business is using food waste to create animal feed products and ingredients with custom mixes of protein, fat, and sugars.
This feed is both nutritious and economical, making it ideal for producers to use in various stages of livestock development.
Fortune and CNNMoney quoted John Waller, professor of animal nutrition at the University of Tennessee as saying “It is a very good way for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers”.
Food waste to animal feed also provides food manufacturers with a way to divert food waste from landfills, and often to generate a revenue stream from this material.
While it’s easy to chuckle at the thought of a sea of Skittles covering a rural highway, the reality is that using food waste as a nutritious supplement for animal feed is a sustainable way for food manufacturers and processors to divert food from landfills.