Donald and Cheri De Jong, husband and wife, and owners and operators of Natural Prairie Dairy, announced today that they are investing in revolutionary technology that will turn cow manure into clean water, possibly negating the need for a lagoon and greatly reducing any odor.
“With no manure, there is less odor,” said Donald De Jong. “Plus, we can use the clean water extracted from the manure to nourish the cows and irrigate the native grasses of our farm, conserving existing well water.”
“We voluntarily withdrew our approved IDEM permit to take additional time to listen to all concerns,” commented Cheri De Jong. “We heard concerns about the unlikely contamination and odor from cow manure. To address these concerns, we wanted to go above and beyond what the law requires and invest in this revolutionary green technology. Less manure, less odor and clean water, for our neighbors, for our farm, and for the environment, it’s a game changer.”
For the past several months, the plan for the organic diary has met some local opposition and concerns about the potential health risks and possibility of contaminated water wells.
“As our community knows, the location of the proposed CAFO frequently floods. Given the site’s hydrology, this is exactly the wrong place to put a confined animal operation. The location for this operation is fundamentally flawed. There is no way to engineer this operation without endangering the local water supply,” stated Protect our Kankakee River Basin steering committee member Jeanette Jaskula.
The De Jongs believe this new technology will address the concerns of their neighbors.
“We believe this revolutionary technology will change animal agriculture for the better, forever,” shared Donald De Jong. “We are pleased Newton County will be one of the first communities in the country to see and smell the benefits of this new tech.”
The technology was initially called the “Omniprocessor,” conceived and created by Janicki Bioenergy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was so impressed with the “Omniprocessor” that they initially funded the project with a 25 million dollar grant to help solve human waste squalor in developing countries.
In a now famous video, Bill Gates explains how the Omniprocessor works, and then drinks a glass of clean water that had been...well, poop.
“The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle,” said Gates in his GatesNotes blog on January 5th, 2015. “And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe.”
“Once we have the Omniprocessor running, I will definitely drink the water it creates,” shared Donald De Jong. “I mean...who doesn’t like clean water?”
The De Jongs plan to share more details about the technology and their organic dairy at a community meeting next Thursday, June 7th, at the Lake Township Fire House. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.