CARBON CAPTURE: STORE AND RE-USE
Carbon is a key component of all known life on earth, representing approximately 45-50% of all dry biomass (organic material of plant and animal origin). The complex molecules that lifeforms are built from are made up of carbon bonded with other elements, especially oxygen and hydrogen. Put simply, carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide through ways such as breathing, the burning of fossil fuels or decomposition. As higher levels of CO2 are released than can be absorbed, the air becomes dangerous for living things. Meeting global climate goals will be nearly impossible without removing huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
By rendering meat byproducts, rather than having them decompose in landfills or compost piles, we are capturing and re-using the carbon, rather than allowing it to be released to the environment. Almost all of our company's feedstock and raw materials not only absorbs CO2 from the air, but then converts it into useable sustainable ingredients.
Carbon Capture: The annual metric tonnes (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions contained in our raw materials and captured in our finished products, rather than being released into the environment.
Cattle are often thought to contribute to climate change because they belch methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas. While this is true, cattle do belch methane, it is actually part of an important natural cycle, known as the biogenic carbon cycle.
The CLEAR research team at the University of California, lead by dr. Frank Mitloehner, made an overview and scientifically sound assessment of how, where and for how long carbon is captured in the air, ground and cattle. Click on the image or here to visit the web page.
(Image copyright: UCDAVIS, CLEAR center)