22 April 2012
Sustainability of Rumiano Cheese Company
Earth Day 2012 and Rumiano Cheese Company's methods of sustainability.
April 22nd, Earth Day, as we like to call it, is a day that fosters great appreciation for the environment and status of our home. Earth Day began in 1970 as U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to educate and make the populous more aware of the planet's needs. Encouraged by oil spills in the late 60s, the first Earth Day had over 20 million participants; today it is observed by over 500 million people and 175 countries worldwide.
Rumiano Cheese Company practices Earth Day every day, as we support a sustainable business model. One example of our sustainability efforts is our state of the art wastewater treatment plant which reduces our total solid loadings into the sewage system of Crescent City by 99%. The facility biologically treats about 30,000 gallons of water used to clean the cheese-making equipment per day. The wastewater facility has allowed an additional 1,500 water and sewer hook-ups for the city of Crescent City.
We believe the most sustainable aspect of Rumiano Cheese Co. is the dairy farms. The dairy men and women of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties that produce our milk are very resourceful and conscious of their impact on the land. For example, the dairies use chicken and cow manure to fertilize the grass that the cows graze on, eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizer. The most important factor in the sustainability of the dairy farms is the low ratio of cows to land. One dairy actually has 180 head of cattle on 180 acres of land, making for an almost null impact on the area. Due to these factors, these farmers are contributing to Rumiano Cheese Co.'s sustainable production process and giving us the honor of being the first Organic, Non-GMO Certified Cheese in the world!
Earth Day may only be once a year, but it is important to remember the lessons learned all year round. For Rumiano Cheese Company, sustainability is profitable for both our products and the Earth.