Science & Technology
1:07 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

How One Thousand Pounds Of Butter Becomes Three Days’ Worth Of Energy

A dizzying fall from grace is in store for the Pennsylvania Farm Show's famed butter sculpture.

Thousands of people have snapped pictures of the refrigerated sculpture, which depicts a boy leading his prize-winning calf through a county fair.

Next week, however, a Juniata County farmer will unceremoniously dump it into a manure pit.

That's because he's turning the sculpture into methane gas. One thousand pounds of butter, it turns out, creates enough energy to power a farm for three days.

Read more on the SateImpact Pennsylvania website.