In Winter 2017 Future Pointe and Associates gathered with U.K. contacts to consider a proprietary Waste-to-Energy product design.
The Future Pointe Operational Research Lab has intercepted tonnage of surplus/waste bakery product from regional distributors to develop and test various de-packaging and value-adding techniques in a real-market environment. Among other data, Future Pointe collected information about transportation, human resources, quality control, efficiency, and economic value recovery. Future Pointe partnered with multiple, regional agricultural producers who received/collected the finished product, top-dressed as a feed alternative, and tracked/reported both logistical and growth feedback.
Other segments of the food waste stream researched in Future Pointe's Lab include: canned goods, shelf-stable liquids and non-perishable dry goods.
In Fall 2016 Future Pointe staff hosted City Government staff representatives for a tour of the basic Triage HUB prototype and a demonstration of "Bakery Surplus to Livestock" pilot research.
Battle Creek, Michigan: March-April, 2016
In response to Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack's September 2015 announcement of a national goal tackling food waste, The City of Battle Creek, its Economic Development office - Battle Creek Unlimited, the Battle Creek Community Foundation, and regional business leader Bill Schroer engaged Future Pointe in Spring 2016 to evaluate Battle Creek's opportunity to impact food waste reduction and recovery, nationally. Future Pointe facilitated a feasibility assessment then developed a plan for a national Food Waste Solutions Institute and helped submit a USDA proposal for initial funding.
Battle Creek is home to Kellogg Company, Post Foods, ConAgra Foods, the International Food Protection Training Institute, and Covance Labs, to name a few. Its tradition and competency as a 'food city' is unparalleled and as such, Battle Creek has proposed a plan for the Food Waste Solutions Institute, a test market laboratory for understanding, testing, and refining how a community might coordinate its investments and optimize its impact on food waste. The learning curve can be steep, and expensive. Battle Creek aims to demonstrate the technologies (such as Anaerobic Digestion) and strategies (such as Ad Campaigns) in an interactive and educational environment to promote best practices, dialogue, and lasting impact.
Future Pointe employs its community-based Food Waste Triage model, reflecting a circular economy, which leverages packaged food waste to create local jobs, stimulate local agricultural productivity, and reduce both carbon and methane emissions. Pilots in two Colorado communities are under consideration as of June, 2016.
January 15, 2016
Future Pointe Supporting CSU Extension on Food System Study
Future Pointe is supporting Colorado State University and Routt County Extension in facilitation of a Food Systems Dynamic Modeling process with stakeholders in Routt County, Colorado. The model will allow the community to see their food system in real time and make decisions about resources, priorities, and changes based on an understanding of how each will influence the whole.
January 1, 2016
Future Pointe Staff Join Rocky Mountain Farmers Union as Fellows
Brendan McCrann and Brittany Honeycutt were accepted in RMFU's 2016 Fellows Class and will participate in four weekend sessions over the course of the year, one of which being a trip to Washington, D.C. The Fellows program is centered on the need for strong leadership in agriculture and in rural communities. The program will facilitate learning in key areas such as agriculture, food policy, and food systems.
December 10, 2015
Rep. Chellie Pingree Sponsors HR 4184 - the Food Recovery Act
The proposed federal LEGISLATION would impact farmers, retailers, restaurants, consumers, schools, and food banks. It would be the first comprehensive legislation to address food waste following Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced national food waste reduction goals in September.
November 18, 2015
Former Future Pointe client Care and Share Food Bank Launches Social Enterprise!
As a result of Future Pointe's consultation and program design, Care and Share Food Bank joined the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange to develop a business plan around its waste stream. Care and Share is now preparing to launch GOALZERO Recycling. The entity will be a for-profit business that will help fuel the mission of Care and Share by providing recycling services to local businesses, corporations, and organizations.
September 25, 2015
Future Pointe ready to help nonprofit organizations, grocery and restaurant businesses, and municipalities MEET FEDERAL OBJECTIVES TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced September 16, 2015 that they will lead a new partnership with charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector and local, state and tribal governments to REDUCE FOOD LOSS AND WASTE in order to improve overall food security and conserve our nation's natural resources.
- Consumer Education
- Rural and Agricultural Support
- Streamlined and Legitimized Donation Processes
- Stimulate Research
- Innovation (economic development and job growth)
Future Pointe has joined the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge and is AVAILABLE NOW to help nonprofit organizations, grocery and restaurant businesses, and municipalities to meet these new Federal objectives. Future Pointe is uniquely qualified to help you as stakeholders: INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND REALIZE FINANCIAL SAVINGS, GENERATE NEW REVENUE, EARN PUBLIC RECOGNITION AND FEDERAL ENDORSEMENT, AND PROMOTE LOCAL COMMUNITY HEALTH, all through the lens of waste recovery and reduction.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you be a part of this economic, social, and environmental OPPORTUNITY.
September 15, 2015