NGO Food Tank joins Farm Powered Strategic Alliance

Food Tank, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to eradicating hunger, poverty and obesity, has joined the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA), which aims to avoid food waste and repurpose what can not be eliminated into renewable energy.

The FPSA was founded in 2020 by Vanguard Renewables, Unilever, Starbucks, and Dairy Farmers of America. Food Tank is the first NGO and non-food producer to join the Alliance. Its mission to promote a more sustainable food system that provides access to healthy food is aligned with the FPSA’s goal to reduce and repurpose food waste.

“We follow the EPA’s [US Environmental Protection Agency’s] Food Recovery Hierarchy, that food should feed the hungry first; our on-farm digesters recycle inedible food and beverage waste into renewable energy,” said Neil Smith, CEO of Vanguard Renewables.

“A more sustainable food system nourishes people, the land, and farmers, and also sustains the supply chain. Food Tank and our other FPSA members are all working towards the same end – fighting food insecurity, keeping organic waste from landfills, and finding solutions to the ongoing climate crisis.

Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank, said the organisation is dedicated to growing and spotlighting the important work of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty globally.

“Becoming a member of the FPSA is a natural alignment for our organisation; we work in the same space with complementary approaches to a more sustainable food system,” said Nierenberg

“It’s important to note that although we focus on advocating for nutritious food for all, we understand that the US sends more than 30% of its food waste to landfills. Diverting the inedible food waste to create renewable energy is an important step in reaching all of our climate change goals.”

The FPSA, named one of Fast Company’s 2021 World-Changing Ideas, offers US food manufacturers and retailers a circular approach to reducing the harmful impacts of CO2 emissions and provides a pathway towards a carbon-neutral footprint. It also aims to expand renewable energy production across the US while supporting family farms that host the digesters.

Members of the Alliance can recycle unavoidable food and beverage waste on farms, where it is combined with farm manure in a Farm Powered AD system to generate RNG. The process also produces a low-carbon fertiliser that host farms can use to support regenerative agriculture practices and provide a diversified income stream.

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