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Published on August 7th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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UK Supermarket Turns 5,000 Tons Of Meat Into Energy

August 7th, 2009 by  

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It’s an odd week for fuel sources. On the heels of a Mountain Dew powered engine, UK supermarket Tesco is getting flack for turning meat into energy–yah, you read that right.

The food chain is burning 5,000 tons of inedible meat for fuel. The biomass processing is being handled by the Cheshire-based PDM Group. The meat-energy is then used to power UK homes via the National Grid.

In fact, Tesco says they dispose of enough old meat to power 600 homes a year!

While other supermarkets have expressed following suit, as you can imagine this doesn’t sit well with animal rights groups.

Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager for Viva (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals UK), explained in an interview to the Daily Mail UK “It’s a sad indictment of modern life that not only hundreds of millions of animals are killed each year in the UK, but so much meat is left over from greed and indifference.”

Tesco says the practice is better than sending it to a landfill.

I tend to agree…with both. If we have enough meat waste to power 600 homes a year, that simply has to end. But these changes don’t happen over night, unfortunately. I am also concerned that this effort could lead to even more complacency about the waste.

Recycling meat is just not efficient. Producing a burger is a hugely carbon intensive process–and kinda gross. Sorry, I’m a veggie folks.

Livestock makes up about 18% of all greenhouse gasses, more than all forms of transportation combined. We aren’t going to offset that buy burning our burgers.

Source: Daily Mail UK 
 
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About the Author

is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • Bryonia

    Uhm.. how do you economically burn tainted meat for fuel without using more fuel to burn it? Do you dry it first?

  • Bryonia

    Uhm.. how do you economically burn tainted meat for fuel without using more fuel to burn it? Do you dry it first?

  • Ben

    How about this solution. Just before it expires, freeze it, and give the frozen meat to the local food bank for consumption. Its good PR for Tesco and it makes the vegetarians happy. Win-Win

  • Ben

    How about this solution. Just before it expires, freeze it, and give the frozen meat to the local food bank for consumption. Its good PR for Tesco and it makes the vegetarians happy. Win-Win

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  • Paul

    Instead of bitching….

    Go ahead and email Tesco your inventory managment solution for predicting future demand, daily, store by store so accuratley no inventory is ever wasted!

    Get in touch with the real world.

  • Paul

    Instead of bitching….

    Go ahead and email Tesco your inventory managment solution for predicting future demand, daily, store by store so accuratley no inventory is ever wasted!

    Get in touch with the real world.

  • Joe Palladino

    600 homes seems like a lot, but Tesco serves a huge chunk of the 60,000,000 people in the UK. Waste is always unavoidable to some degree, and things like this are interesting innovations. Imagine how much meat is wasted across the US, despite all effort to be efficient, and what this could do with all of it.

  • Joe Palladino

    600 homes seems like a lot, but Tesco serves a huge chunk of the 60,000,000 people in the UK. Waste is always unavoidable to some degree, and things like this are interesting innovations. Imagine how much meat is wasted across the US, despite all effort to be efficient, and what this could do with all of it.

  • Susan Kraemer

    You really can’t make earth out of it either by composting like you can with veggies – so though it does sound gross, making energy is probably the best use!

  • Susan Kraemer

    You really can’t make earth out of it either by composting like you can with veggies – so though it does sound gross, making energy is probably the best use!

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