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World Water Works Launches Nitrogen Removal Treatment System

World Water Works, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based manufacturer of wastewater treatment solutions, recently launched the DEMON treatment system for removal of nitrogen from wastewater, a system that offers better performance than traditional nitrification-denitrification systems found in most food and beverage processing facilities with wastewater streams with high ammonia concentrations.

The DEMON system features ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB), which converts half the ammonia to nitrite. A second anaerobic biological process uses Anammox bacteria to convert the combination of nitrite and remaining ammonia directly into nitrogen gas. This system reduces energy requirements by 60 percent compared to traditional nitrogen removal processes, eliminates the need for all chemicals, and produces 90 percent less sludge.

The system also features a low carbon footprint, as the anaerobic process actually consumes carbon dioxide.

 

Taiwanese Commit to $4 Billion of US Ag Products

The Taiwan Feed Industry Association signed a letter of intent with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in September, which pledges their commitment to purchase 5 million metric tons of U.S. corn, and 0.5 million tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in 2014 and 2015.

The deal, which was negotiated during the Taiwanese Agriculture Goodwill Mission, is the equivalent to 197 million bushels and carries an estimated $4 billion price tag according to analysts. In 2011-12, Taiwan was the sixth-largest U.S. corn market, the third-largest U.S. barley market and the seventh-largest U.S. sorghum market, giving the deal plenty of impact across a wide variety of suppliers throughout the agriculture sector.

But perhaps the biggest benefit, according to the USGC, is that the letter shows that trade ties between the U.S. and Taiwan remain strong, despite increased competition from suppliers in other countries.

“Over the last 40 years, Taiwan has been one of the most important export markets for U.S. coarse grains and products,” said Julius Schaaf, USGC chairman. “With Taiwan producing less than one percent of its needed grains, the Council is proud of our partnership we have had with Taiwan for many years and are excited for the possibilities that continue to grow from this partnership.”

 

Bumble Bee Works With WWF on Sustainable Seafood Efforts

Seafood company Bumble Bee Foods and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced a joint commitment to seafood sustainability at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York City in late September, with Bumble Bee pledging to contribute a minimum of $1 million over the next five years to the WWF’s ocean conservation efforts. Bumble Bee plans to raise funds through the sale of its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Wild Selections product line.

Bumble Bee President and CEO Chris Lischewski and WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts announced the joint commitment together at the CGI event.

“Bumble Bee is committed to responsible, sustainable fishing practices and global resource management, and will continue to play an active role in developing and implementing conservation measures that will ensure this outcome,” said Lischewski. “As our primary business is seafood, it’s imperative to us and to the three billion people who rely on seafood as an affordable source of lean protein that we all adhere to practices and policies that ensure long-term health and viability of our fisheries resources.”

 

NSF International to Offer Non-GMO Project Verification

Global food safety auditor and certification provider NSF International announced late last month that they will be joining the Non-GMO Project as a Technical Administrator in early 2014, offering retail grocers, food growers, manufacturers and restaurants another option for verification for the non-GMO label. With this new service, NSF will become the only third-party company able to offer non-GMO label verification in North America.

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