Cowpowering Your Restaurant: Sustainable Business Choices for Local Food EstablishmentsPosted by sabrina
A guest post by Tegan Adams
Consumers are becoming more interested in eco-friendly products and services. More often than not, when given a choice, consumers will choose to support local businesses that demonstrate a positive commitment to the environment and community.
A desire to support sustainability and eco-friendly products in the marketplace rings especially true when it comes to something we all love: food! The City of Vancouver is developing a food policy for Vancouver and key priorities include composting food waste and neighborhood food resiliency. With recent and ongoing media flares on food security and supply scares across the globe, consumers are becoming increasingly interested in food, product and service suppliers for BC restaurants.
If you are a restaurant owner or manager looking to lead the way in your industry, then you know that understanding your suppliers’ manufacturing and distribution practices is key to your success.
Restaurants have a unique opportunity to participate in the cyclic and organic nature of the food system. While many restaurants in urban areas don’t have direct access to compost facilities, waste-conversion technologies or complete 100 mile diet menus, restaurant owners can choose to work with suppliers that do – such as Cowpower.
Cowpower is a unique new sustainability service provider, operating out of Abbotsford and Vancouver, BC. Cowpower’s team works with local farmers to convert organic waste into clean, renewable electricity through a technology called Anaerobic Digestion (AD). All technical terms aside – Cowpower gives restaurant owners an opportunity to support renewable energy by supporting the farms that are using this system.
AD has multiple benefits to the very same local BC food system that provides ingredients to restaurants and retail suppliers. AD benefits contribute to sustainable agriculture in BC by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying BC farmers’ incomes, enhancing environmental protection, diverting food waste from landfills, increasing water and food safety, and reducing farm odors.
If you want to be a leader in restaurant and/or food retail sustainability and show your customers that you support sustainable farming practices in BC, check out Cowpower’s website. Learn more about how supporting AD in BC can provide you with a leading edge in recruiting Vancouver’s Foodie crew to your establishment.
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