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VIDEO: Kenyan Farmer Harnesses Chicken Poo to Power His Home, Car, and Shower

by Harry Choms
Chicken poop biogas

A recent video produced by the BBC showcased the innovative approach of one Kenyan farmer who ingeniously powers his farm using chicken poop, sparking both intrigue and bewilderment among Redditors.

In the video on BBC.com, farmer Anthony Muigai demonstrates how he collects chicken droppings daily and converts them into a usable energy source known as biogas. This biogas is used to heat water, operate his stove, and fuel his car.

While Muigai’s method isn’t a novel invention, as many Redditors pointed out, it represents a resourceful means of saving money and repurposing waste into energy.

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However, despite its apparent benefits, the broader implementation of this concept poses several challenges and controversies.

One notable concern is the composition of the gas produced, which predominantly consists of methane—a potent greenhouse gas. Methane’s impact on global warming is significantly greater than carbon dioxide’s, contributing to approximately a quarter of planetary overheating.

Consequently, environmental advocacy groups have raised objections to scaling up operations that convert manure into biogas.

Moreover, in the United States, the siting of biogas facilities has raised issues of environmental justice, with communities of color disproportionately affected by the harmful air pollutants emitted—a stark example of environmental racism.

While utilizing chicken poop for biogas may prove financially beneficial for some, particularly those in remote farming areas, the industrial-scale application of this process warrants skepticism. Alternative, more environmentally friendly options should be explored to mitigate potential negative impacts.

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