Waste Not

12 11 2008

One of things that strikes me most about American consumer culture is the amount of waste.  We are, collectively,  the most wasteful people on the planet.  Being wasteful is almost second nature to us, we do it without thinking.  Here in lies a great opportunity for those who are becoming more “preparedness minded”.  The best part about hunting down and destroying waste is that it dose not cost you any money, while improving your chances of being more self sufficient.  Take a good hard look at your household and find ways to cut waste.

Here is a practical example from our place.  I’m a dairy farmer, and the milk truck comes to pick up my milk every other day.  They hook a hose up to the tank and suck it out with a pump.  Now my tank drains kind of slow and the truck drivers are worried about burning up the pump so they stop pumping as soon as the pump starts making a choppy sound.  Then they unhook the hose and let 5 to 10 gallons of milk go down the drain and then they rinse out the tank.  After about the 2nd time I watched all that milk going down the drain I approached the milkman and asked if he could just close the valve on the tank and let me rince it out later.  So now, after the milk truck leaves I drain the tank out into SS pans and pails and let it sit for a day.  Then I skim off all the cream and this is enough cream for making butter for my household and my parents house.  When we don’t need as much butter I have blueberries and cream or peaches and cream with my breakfast.  Now that leaves a pail of skim milk which is fed to my hog.  Speaking of the hog, he is the ultimate waste destroyer.  He turns skim milk that would have gone down the drain, garden scraps, table scraps and extra eggs into tasty meat.  Everyone should have a pig.

This is just one example from my farm of finding waste and turning it into an asset.  Now start looking around your place, you’ll be suprised how much waste you’ll find.

Scott

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13 11 2008
MacAvram

My wife milks two goats, which not only supplies us with milk, but also cheese, yogurt and kefir. It did not take her long to give the whey to the chickens instead of throwing it away.

This improves egg production, & one look tells you the extra protein makes for some healthy chickens, as well.

14 11 2008
Christopher

Excellent example, Scott. Waste happens on an exponential scale the more things are centralized and personal responsibility is removed from the equation. As we start taking responsibility, we begin to see areas of waste that can be reclaimed.

MacAvram, that is also a good example! On a modern mega-goat chicken farm, there is no synthesis of processes via the natural cycles and seasons of the variety on a homestead. Everything must be purchased and trucked in, which means that “scrap” products are not being utilized in another area. But on a small-scale, things can work holistically as God intended. An “efficiency” can be achieved that the industrial model cannot comprehend.

19 11 2008
Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Very good. I find myself thinking like this more and more… Sometimes people think I’m a greenie because I recycle…

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