In the US alone we toss nearly 40% or the equivalent of $165 Billion dollars of food away EACH YEAR. So we decided to take advantage of this and approached a few of the area grocery stores and a cheese factory. From the grocery stores we have been getting scraps and produce that would have been otherwise dumped in the trash, some of which looks perfectly edible. We had been getting whey from the cheese factory for a while, but we discovered that not only were they tossing the whey they were throwing away a great deal of perfectly good cheese as well.
It's a win-win for everybody, especially the pigs. They are loving their new and varied diet. It will be awhile until I know how this will effect the pork, but I've noticed a marked improvement in meat quality just since we started feeding whey last year. Jeff doesn't seem to taste a difference, but I find the meat sweater and more tender... or maybe I'm just biased. I guess I will just have to wait and see what our customers have to say.