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Why are the residues used as animal feed and not 100% biogas?

While sending our residues directly to a biogas facility is an option, it is not the most sustainable one. The residues from our production plant contain nutrients as well as energy. Failure to reutilize these nutrients and energy means that we would need to produce them in another way, such as growing more plants. In terms of animal feed, it often means opting for soy concentrates grown in other parts of the world. Sending our production residuals to a local farm as feed has eliminated the unnecessary waste of nutrients and at the same time contributed to the production of biogas. It is possible to send our residue directly to biogas plants and it is an option that we are evaluating. Our primary focus however is to continue our efforts to find new ways to turn the residues into new oat based products eliminating the relevance of animal feed entirely.

Don’t you sell the residue for profit? Isn’t this just a money decision?
Yes, we do currently receive payment for the residues from a local farm and if we were to send the residues to a biogas plant we would have to pay the biogas plant for accepting our waste, however this has not been the driving factor in our decision. If this particular solution provided a solid sustainable advantage yet less profit we would gladly accept the additional cost. The challenge is that by walking down this path we no longer can credibly claim to be a sustainable company, working toward a sustainable, planet friendly future.

In short, this is a highly complex issue, one that we are looking at to find a better, more optimal solution. It is not one that is driven by money whatsoever.

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