Future Pointe President Attends Slow Money Decelerator

Woody Tasch and associates of Slow Money Institute hosted a Decelerator event at Lone Hawk Farm near Boulder, CO.

Our Decelerator brings together a broad range of stakeholders, including farmers, food entrepreneurs, CSA members, farmers’ market shoppers, co-op members, local food advocates, angel investors, donors and just plain regular folks who want to know where their food comes from and where their money goes.

Future Pointe at Feeding the 5,000 Denver

Future Pointe's Hallie Jaeger, Reuben Gregory, and Brendan McCrann attended and staffed a Future Pointe table at the Feeding the 5,000 Denver event 10/14/16.  Many thanks to Dave Laskarzewski and Virginia Till of EPA, as well as Monica Munn of Rockefeller Foundation and Dominika Jarosz of Feedback Global.

Future Pointe President Hosts Visitors From Atlanta and Denver for Company Strategy Review

Future Pointe Staff, Consultants and Advisers convened in Fort Collins the week of October 3rd to tour facilities, evaluate pending projects and to provide input on Future Pointe strategy for impact and scale within the Food Waste Industry Sector.  

Future Pointe Undertakes Washington & Nashville Industry Update Trip

Future Pointe's Brendan McCrann engaged Food Waste activists, program administrators and entrepreneurs in Nashville, and then major government officials, agricultural sector leaders, members of Congress and Congressional staff in Washington, DC.  Progress in this industry sector is building momentum as leaders convene around data, best practices, and strategy for smart and sustainable development.

Waste: Solutions, Systems and Scales

written by: Brendan McCrann (published in LinkedIn)

Wasted food is suddenly in the U.S. media spotlight.    

The USDA and EPA have teamed up to promote major food waste reduction goals for the country and many communities are already considering compost facilities and new waste-to-energy technologies.  Some municipalities have even passed organics disposal bans, fast-tracking the burden of local innovation.

With this spotlight comes an opportunity - for communities to approach "wasted food" not as a thing but rather a function of their system.  This distinction is critical because the act of wasting food is variable while the list of wasted items is not.  Food in the system, in other words, does not waste itself.

A comprehensive and dynamic food systems analysis, then, will reveal relationships which ultimately cause or generate waste.  The reduction and management of wasted food in the system, in other words, is an opportunity for people and communities to actively recover value.

With this spotlight also comes a temptation - for communities to invest only in sexy, large scale innovations and infrastructure, and thus risk repeating pitfalls of a now mortgaged, linear national recycling industry, similarly spotlighted in the early 1990s.

As Colorado gears up to introduce the largest food waste digester in the country, scheduled to generate "4,560,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day" and "approximately 450 cubic yards per day of a compost like product," the state will confront this temptation and perhaps model a diversity of solutions based on an understanding of the Colorado food system.  

The emergence of industrial solutions like Heartland Biogas in Colorado will do one of two things.  They will either: a) quickly convert the spotlight on "wasted food" into a traditional toss-and-forget option with better consequences and huge opportunity costs, or b) inspire source reduction and stimulate point-of-waste technology and enterprise for localized value recovery, while still structuring broad landfill diversion and waste-to-energy capacity around existing behavior and mechanisms.

Localized responses to wasted food such as food systems analysis and education, source reduction, compost deregulation, and livestock feeding ARE NOT mutually exclusive with the large scale, industrial options.  In fact, their co-existence in a marketplace is likely to promote optimal environmental and economic resiliency - defined by RAND Corporation as the "ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations."

Solutions to wasted food, if they are to recover and enhance resiliency, must consider their mother system and must demonstrate a diverse portfolio of scale.

New Champions 12.3 Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste

World Resources Institute: PRESS RELEASE

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (January 21, 2016)— At the World Economic Forum in Davos, a coalition of 30 leaders – Champions 12.3 – launched a new effort to inspire ambition and mobilize action to reduce food loss and waste globally. This leadership group aims to accelerate progress toward meeting Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks to halve per capita food waste and reduce food losses by 2030.