Olive mill wastewater turned into biofuel and fertilizer

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Mediterranean countries produce the majority of the world’s olive oil, an essential diet staple for millions of people. What is also produced along with the oil is billions of gallons of wastewater. Disposing of the waste has become a significant challenge for producers as the pollutant jeopardizes the health of groundwater, farmland and aquatic life. So far, approaches to disposal such as burning the wastewater have simply added additional pollution to the atmosphere. Researchers from France’s Institut de Science des Materiaux de Mulhouse have found a solution that could improve the environmental footprint of olive oil production as well as…

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