Clemson selected for animal co-products center

After meat is processed to become steaks, ham or fried chicken, the non-food parts are converted into a variety of products such as lard, fertilizer, soap and oils.
The process, known as rendering, represents one of the most successful and efficient recycling efforts in the world today. However, with approximately 55 billion pounds of raw rendering materials generated annually in the United States, the industry is constantly seeking to improve.
Because of our reputation for agricultural research, the industry’s Fats and Proteins Research Foundation has selected Clemson as the site for an international research and education center. In the new Animal Co-Products Research and Education Center, Clemson scientists from both agriculture and engineering will seek to develop cost-saving processes and value-added products, while working to ensure biological and chemical safety.
These products, such as biodiesel fuel and new films and fibers, will provide new raw materials for other industries and improved products for consumers, as well as enable the U.S. rendering industry to be more competitive in a global economy.

For more information: Scientists Annel Greene,, or Paul Dawson,