The Economic Impact of the Stanislaus County Food Processing Industry and the Food Processing By-Products Use Program
Copyright © 2007 by Jay E. Noel, Sean P. Hurley and Jessica Bylsma.
In the late 1970’s, Stanislaus County recognized that there existed a potential issue with the disposal of food processing by-products. The concern at the time was that the disposal of the by-products could be handled in a more efficient manner that could benefit all interested stakeholders. In 1978, the county took a proactive stance on the issue and brought together a group of producers, UC extension representatives, management from local food processors, and other interested stakeholders to discuss better ways of handling the by-products that came from processing agricultural products. As a result of these discussions, Stanislaus County developed the Stanislaus County Food Processing By-Product Use Program. This program allows food processors to take their by-products to local agricultural producers, who in turn reuse the by-products by feeding it to their livestock, drying, composting, or spreading across their field as a soil amendment. The county through a self-supporting permitting process oversees how producers use the by-product to minimize any potential deleterious effects that could occur to society due to the program (Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors).
Jay E. Noel, Sean P. Hurley, and Jessica Bylsma. 2007. "The Economic Impact of the Stanislaus County Food Processing Industry and the Food Processing By-Products Use Program" California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops
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