Converting animal waste into energy, Life during COVID for the immunocompromised

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Dairy cows can be seen through a fence in a barn
Dairy cows feed at Mitch Breunig’s farm near Sauk City on Friday, July 24, 2020. Angela Major/WPR

We talk with Wisconsin Biomass Energy Coalition board chair about renewable natural gas digester facilities. Then, we hear from a UW School of Public Health faculty member on how immunocompromised people are living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured in this Show

  • Bountiful biogas: How farmers can turn animal and organic waste into energy through biodigestion

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are almost 3.5 million cows in Wisconsin. Given how much they eat, that’s a lot of cow …waste. Biodigestion systems take that waste and turn it into biogas, a renewable energy source. We learn about the growth of biogas operations in the state.

  • Being immunocompromised two years into a pandemic

    A scarcity of some types of monoclonal antibodies and the fear of an end to mask mandates has left some immunocompromised people feeling vulnerable and left behind. We speak with the head of UW’s Transplant Infectious Disease Program about how immunocompromised people navigate the pandemic.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Steven Potter Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Jessica Niekrasz Guest
  • Dr. Jeannina Smith Guest

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