Hog Farmer Turns To Clean Energy

There are those who assert that anything is made better by the addition of bacon. And there are those who assert that anything made using clean-energy is superior. Well just imagine if you combine those two principles.

That’s what Russ Kremer is doing, more or less, with an all-natural pork processing plant that will “capture and reprocess the farm’s waste, rather than dumping it, and will have a biodiesel plant to make its own fuel to run its generators.” This to go along with wind and solar power.

Russ Kremer's hogs, from the movie Fresh

image via Fresh, The Movie

Corvus Energy put out a press release about this most-noble endeavor by the fifth-generation Missouri hog farmer. Corvus is supplying the 400-500 killowat-hour battery pack that Kremer will use to store the power produced from his various renewable sources.

Kremer began his trek toward a more enlightened approach to hog growing after he was nearly killed by a bacterial infection he contracted when he was gored by one of his boars. He ditched the antiobiotic, animal byproduct-laden industrial feed and over time built the Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative and later Heritage Acre Foods. He was featured in the film “Fresh,” about the effort to create a healthier, more sustainable food-production system.

No word on when the processing plant will open for operation, but Kremer has a coalition of 52 family farmers who, according to the press release, “are hell bent on ensuring that their entire manufacturing chain is as healthy and environmentally friendly as possible.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.