Greek Yogurt Causes Acidic Waste Product Dilemma

Some estimates report that last year the Northeast alone produced 150 million gallons of acid whey, which experts are not sure what to do with.


According to modernfarmer.com, only one ounce of Greek yogurt is produced from every three to four ounces of milk—the rest becomes a waste byproduct known as acid whey. As Greek yogurt experiences a heightened popularity, producers are left with an abundance of acid whey that they haven’t found a good use for. It is against the law to dump the waste due to its toxicity; it has proven to be extremely detrimental to marine ecosystems, causing a “dead sea” effect. Much of the whey goes into livestock feed, and some experts are trying to incorporate into baby food or turn it into bodybuilding supplements.

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