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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Di Pardo

What if there was no rendering

What would happen if there was no rendering industry?

Without rendering:

  • Roughly 50% of each meat animal wasted

  • All U.S. landfills full in 4 years.

  • Wasted water: not cleaned or returned to waterways & contaminated water if animal leftovers sent to landfill

  • Lost environmental benefits for animal agriculture (less GHG reduction)

  • Increased carbon emissions from less environmentally friendly fuels

With rendering:

  • Reduced food waste

  • 62 billion pounds of food waste diverted from landfills

  • 3.7 billion gallons of clean water reclaimed and returned to rivers and streams

  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions (5 times more GHGs sequestered than produced)

  • Lower carbon emissions from biodiesel and renewable diesel (80% less than petroleum diesel)


  • Is a financially stable and sustainable industry with a $10 billion annual economic contribution.

  • Helps contribute to food security through the production of livestock feed and fertilizer.

  • Supports thousands of full-time jobs with benefits, many in rural America.


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