Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Straus Family Creamery Founder: My First Full-Scale Electric Truck Is Powered By Cow Poop

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Now here’s an invention that has cow power! The Straus Family Creamery, located in Marshall, California, has a goal of maintaining a sustainable farming system.

Organic dairy farmer Albert Straus decided to design the first full-scale electric truck to help combat climate change. Yes, a vehicle powered by cow poop!

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Straus spent eight years developing the 33,000 lb International Harvester truck to use as a feed truck on his farm. It’s powered by the methane created by his cows’ waste, keeping the methane out of the air. The truck measures, mixes and hauls feed before dropping it into the trough for his nearly 300 organic dairy cows. Its motor is charged from electrical power generated from methane gas produced by the cows’ own waste, making it an environmentally-friendly alternative to diesel-fueled trucks.

His goal is to get his farm off fossil fuels entirely. He also wants to encourage other farmers to make conscious efforts to help protect our environment.

Straus explains more on what happens at his organic farm in this video.

 

Straus Organic Dairy Farm and Straus Family Creamery’s Pioneering First Steps:
•    In 1994, Straus Organic Dairy Farm  became the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River.
•    In 1994, Straus Family Creamery became the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United Sates.
•    In 2010, Straus Family Creamery became the first creamery in the nation to certify its products with the non-GMO Verified Seal.
•    In 2013, Straus Organic Dairy Farm became the first organic dairy to develop a 20-year carbon farming plan in California.

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What are Straus’ future plans? To unveil an all-electric Farmers’ Market truck to transport his company’s organic milk, cream, yogurt, ice cream and butter to local markets in San Francisco Bay Area.

Great that this business is innovative and encouraging other farms to follow!

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