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First Full-Scale Electric Truck—Powered By Cow Manure

Sustainable Organic Farming Can Help Reverse Climate Change

Albert Straus, a pioneer in organic dairy and sustainable agriculture, reveals the first full-scale electric truck—powered by cow poop. This full-scale-electric feed truck is the next step in Straus’ quest to show that his Marin county organic dairy farm can be carbon positive, using agriculture as a solution to reversing climate change.

Straus, along with a local mechanic, spent eight years developing the 33,000 lb. gross weight International Harvester truck to use as a feed truck on his farm. The truck measures, mixes and hauls feed before dropping it into the trough for his nearly 300 organic dairy cows. An environmentally-friendly alternative to diesel-fueled trucks, the feed truck’s motor is charged from electrical power generated from methane gas produced by the cows’ own manure.

“What I've tried to do is create a sustainable organic farming model that is good for the earth, the soil, the animals, and the people working on these farms, and helps revitalize rural communities,” said Straus, CEO and founder of Straus Family Creamery.  “My electric feed truck is not only a practical tool for my organic farm. It is also a symbol of the resourcefulness we need to fight climate change, which threatens our business and the future of American farming.”

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