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Senators Advocate for Including Rendering in National Food Waste Strategy

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In a significant move to address the critical issue of food waste, a bipartisan group of eight Senators has urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to incorporate rendering into the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. You can read the full letter they sent here.   The Senators Behind the Initiative Led by Senators Roger Marshall, Michael Bennet, and

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Celebrating the 2nd Annual National Rendering Day - April 21, 2024

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As we gear up for Earth Day on April 22, there’s another important date to mark on your calendar: National Rendering Day, observed on April 21. Organized by the North American Renderers Association (NARA), this day celebrates the vital role of rendering in environmental sustainability and food waste and loss prevention. Why Celebrate Rendering? You might be wondering what rendering is and why it deserves a national day of recognition. Simply put, rendering is the

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Gearing Up For National Rendering Day -10 Ways to Celebrate

The 2nd annual National Rendering Day will be observed on April 21st. Celebrating this important day each year helps in educating on and acknowledging the vital role of rendering in sustainability and environmental protection and shows appreciation for all those in the rendering industry. Initiated by the North American Renderers Association (NARA) in 2022, this National Day highlights agricultural rendering, a process that has been used for centuries to transforms food waste into valuable resources.

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2024 International Rendering Symposium

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The 2024 International Rendering Symposium, hosted by the North American Renderers Association (NARA) in collaboration with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), proved to be a pivotal event in exploring the crucial contributions of rendering to sustainability and the global economy. The symposium, which took place in conjunction with the 2024 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, kicked off on Thursday, February 1, at 12 p.m. and continued through Friday, February 2,

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7 Reasons to Attend the International Rendering Symposium at IPPE

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The annual International Rendering Symposium returns to the 2024 IPPE, and this year it’s better than ever! Join us in person February 1 & 2 at the Georgia Center Congress Center or virtually!   Register now to…   1. Hear from global industry thought leaders on subjects like: How to think like a bird or a shrimp…or at least what feed ingredients they crave How to improve the sustainability of aquaculture diets How to increase sustainable pet food production How to utilize global

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Products From Rendering

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Rendering involves repurposing animal co-products that would otherwise be discarded. It converts inedible meat products into usable material such as fuel, pet food, and livestock feed, creating a highly sustainable alternative. Below, learn more about products made from rendered materials in detail. You can discover even more by listening to the North American Renderers Association (NARA) podcast for free on our website. Why Is Rendering Important? Rendering is vital in the United States, considering that about

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NARA “Hits the Streets” to Talk About Rendering

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In NARA’s newest video, Vice President of Communications, Anna Wilkinson, takes to the “streets” to talk to people about rendering, and ask them what they think the word “rendering” means and you may be surprised by some of the answers! Be sure to share this video so we can continue to educate on the importance of rendering and its many sustainability benefits!   Watch the video on YouTube or on the NARA website.   For

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Organics Recycling: What It Is and Why It Matters

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On October 10th NARA issued a press release announcing a broad-reaching information campaign with the goal of educating on Organics Recycling and how including renderable material plays a critical role in sustainability. The campaign includes a colorful and detailed infographic titled Organics Recycling: How Recycling Food Waste with Rendering Creates Value & Ensures Sustainability, which was designed be used as an educational tool for the public, and those in the government sector who may not be

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Upcoming EPA Chloride Restrictions: Planning for Potential Changes

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This article contains sponsored content. Guest Post By NARA Member, Eric Schnakenberg, Area Manager at Chem Aqua Midwest           Chlorides – What are they? The short answer is salt. Where do they come from? Most likely your water softener and its regeneration process. These softeners are great plant assets used to protect the boilers, scrubbers, and other water using equipment in plant operations, but they discharge chlorides during their cleaning cycles.

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Have You Checked Out Our Rendering Podcast?

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Have you checked out NARA’s rendering podcast, The Invisible Industry? Whether you are a member of the Animal Ag or rendering industries, or you are just interested in learning about rendering, how rendering supports sustainability, reduced food waste and the circular economy; we invite you to begin your journey by starting with our newest episode!   In this historic 6th episode of the podcast we discuss National Rendering Day, a new National day that is

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