The Food Cycle Coalition is the Farm to Plate Task Force Linking Food Systems and Organics Diversion. The Food Cycle Coalition (FCC) includes organizations, businesses and regulators with expertise in food rescue, agriculture, solid waste management, composting, and energy production. It was formed to help Vermonters transition from “waste disposal” to “resource management” for discarded food, leaf and yard material, and other organic residuals.
A primary goal for the Coalition is to help develop programs, services, and facilities for food rescue and organics diversion that support local food systems and economies. This includes educating generators about how to capture and redirect currently landfilled material such as food suitable for rescue to feed people, food scraps to feed livestock, food scraps and other organic materials for composting (with or without heat recovery) and anaerobic digestion.
The Coalition’s first project mapped the resources and capacity within the food system to help reach Universal Recycling goals.
The final 28-page report “Organization Asset Mapping to Advance Organics Diversion and Food Rescue within the Food System” is here.
The Importance of Organics Diversion
Currently Vermonters throw away an estimated 98,739 tons (or 197,478,000 lbs) of edible food, foodscraps and processing residuals, and leaf and yard debris annually. When those materials decompose in a landfill they generate methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that has over 20 times the heat trapping traits of carbon dioxide. The Food Cycle Coalition wants to see these materials managed in a more socially and environmentally beneficial way that is good for Vermont businesses, communities, and improves food security. For example, according to a recent report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance that evaluates the economics of composting and the use of compost in Maryland.
The Food Cycle Coalition is committed to building healthy and resilient communities where no one is hungry and no resource is wasted.
Learn more about the activities of the Food Cycle Coalition, visit the FCC Task Force page in the F2P Atlas: http://www.vtfoodatlas.com/network/food-cycle-coalition