Zoo eyes elephant poo as energy source, from MSNBC
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking to become the first in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste… The zoo — world prominent for its Asian elephant breeding program — is studying how feasible it would be to switch to animal waste as an alternative energy source…
Sorry, I couldn’t resist the gratuitous subject line. Actually this sounds like a totally brilliant idea. But it gets better:
The study will start by evaluating elephant dung BTU… The study is being directed by agriculture waste and manure-management specialists from Cornell University.
Who knew there were manure-management specialists at Cornell? On the other hand, maybe that makes perfect sense. This reminds me of Scott’s comment:
So, how did I get to this point? Well, it’s an obvious progression from someone to mucks out horse stalls to professor.
One does feel that way on occasion.
As another former stall-mucker, at Cornell, no less, it really is a quite logical place for this research to be done. Land-grant schools are great for coming up with interesting agricultural solutions, since they have the juxtaposition of academic intelligence and land knowledge.
I still am amazed at the many schools that have no manual labor component – nothing teaches humility quite so well, and it’s something that academia sorely needs.