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Seventh Generation Entrepreneurs Fighting Climate Change With Robots And A Giant Mechanical Stomach

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon writes in Forbes about a seventh-generation entrepreneurial family that is addressing climate change.

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  • The Barstow family, which has been tending its dairy farm since the 1700s, has upgraded their operations to include an anaerobic digester that produces renewable natural gas from animal waste on the property.
  • The digester has allowed the family to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by 85% while powering over 1,600 local households.
  • The leftover organic matter from the digester is then used to fertilize the soil on the farm.
  • Entrepreneurs and landowners are voluntarily driving environmental progress.

“The digester offers the family an additional revenue stream to supplement the milk production and their other source of income—a farm store that the family opened back in 2008. The Barstow Farm Store sells fresh dairy, beef, and prepared food to local diners and to groups who come to the farm for by-appointment farm tours. In addition, the Farm composts manure from the heifer barn and sells that to local hobby farmers and suburban gardeners.”

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