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Working directly with food manufacturers and other organic waste producers from across the food and beverage spectrum, Vanguard Renewable’s projects have placed an emphasis on recycling organic waste that would have previously ended up in a landfill.
Tulsa-based One Gas has entered into a partnership to develop and expand on potentials for tapping farm-based renewable natural gas as an energy option. The partnership with Vanguard Renewables will focus on projects in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, the companies said in a release. It will be Vanguard Renewables’ first mid-continent alliance with a local natural gas distribution company.
Whole Foods Market Inc. follows a strong food waste strategy to prevent and divert food from entering landfill, mirroring what is proposed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Food Recovery Hierarchy. According to Whole Foods, each store’s team members are thoroughly trained on food waste efficiency, from smart ordering to food donation best practices.
Consumers don’t just support causes with their words — they’re also willing to put more of their money behind value-driven brands, according to the results Akeneo’s recent survey of 3,500 consumers in seven countries.
Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic & Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield discusses Stonyfield's current climate priorities with the Climate Collaborative
By partnering with family farms and the food and beverage industries, the anaerobic digestion facilities at Goodrich Family Farm repurpose unavoidable food waste into value for people and the planet. Building these farm-powered facilities on farms leverages the amazing synergies that exist between food waste recycling and regenerative agriculture practices.
As much as 40 percent of the country's food supply gets thrown out. In Massachusetts, Vanguard Renewables, its farm partners, and companies including Whole Foods are combining that food waste with manure to produce renewable energy.
Vanguard’s six facilities, located on dairy farms across Massachusetts and in Vermont, convert a combination of food waste and manure from farms into natural gas using a process called anaerobic digestion.
The promise of renewable natural gas is a sustainability win that has been financially and logistically out of reach for even the largest companies. Vanguard Renewables created the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance to start delivering on this promise for its founding members Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America.