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Dairy farmers like Stolztfus have been struggling financially during the past few years. While new technologies have allowed farms to canada goose outlet toronto address produce more milk, fewer people are consuming it. That’s causing milk prices to plummet and creating a surplus that often ends up going to waste. According to the Center for canada goose outlet mississauga Dairy Excellence, Pennsylvania lost 120 dairy farms in 2016. In that same year, dairy farmers across the country dumped 43 million gallons of excess milk.
So last year, Stolztfus decided to invest almost $200,000 in equipment and learned how to make yogurt from scratch. Today, he produces about 3,000 pounds of milk and yogurt a week. His No. 1 seller is drinkable yogurt, a light but creamy, all natural yogurt.
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Forty percent of all food produced in the United States ends up in landfills. Yet in Philadelphia, 1 in 5 residents doesn’t have enough to eat. To combat waste and help feed hungry people, Philabundance is rescuing perfectly good milk that was going to be dumped to make cheese and yogurt for families in need. In the process, it helps farmers like Stolztfus.
„We are testing out a new model with him where we work with another farmer to source excess skim milk from his butter production,” said Kait Bowdler, director of sustainability at Philabundance. „Every time you produce butter, there’s the whey and canada goose outlet belgium the skim that’s left over, and a lot of that ends up being thrown out.”
Skim milk can be processed into other products, such as cheese or yogurt. But because dairy farmers are struggling, they are left with no money to pay for that processing and end up dumping it. The same happens with other types of milk.
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Giving people in need food of the same high quality as that sold in gourmet stores is what the whole program is really about, Bowdler said.
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According to Philabundance, in a year farmers have received $9,000 from retail sales the equivalent of selling 18,000 half pound units. That has allowed them to produce 3,500 pounds of cheese for donations. Because the program is a success, the organization is testing out a new product: excess skim milk yogurt.
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„We pump the skim milk in there [the pasteurizing tank], we heat it up, to about 108 degrees, and we add the culture. We let it incubate for 12 hours, and we stir it back up, add the flavoring, sugars, and mix it up good, and that creates the yogurt,” he explained while overseeing bottling of the product.
At the end of the day, Stolztfus transforms 4,500 pounds of skim milk that might have become waste into 4,500 pints of drinkable vanilla yogurt for people in need.
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And it helps him pay his bills. For now, Philabundance is paying Stolztfus to process the excess skim milk from butter production into both drinkable and spoonable yogurt. But if the Abundantly Good program grows, the organization will try to sell the yogurt in stores, and have the retail sales pay for food donations.
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