Getting into Gear at the #FordFarmToCar
Over the past few years, there has been a shift in people becoming more conscious about where their food and products are coming from. People are looking more into purchasing products that help to sustain the resources of our planet. Some of the solutions these companies have produced are revolutionizing their industries. Ford is one of these companies, displaying how using plant-based materials can change how we produce products, as well as benefit our planet and ourselves.
Were you aware of what goes into deciding which materials are chosen by a manufacturer for a vehicle? These decisions can easily affect its safety, the amount of fuel used, how well it performs and its ability to be recycled or have its parts reused once it is no longer road worthy. Ford takes all of these points into consideration when producing its vehicles and is still researching to find better solutions to use for the future.
With “Earth Day” just around the corner, Ford Canada wanted to give those attending the BConnected Conference a taste of what is in some of their vehicles! Ford Canada collaborated with Paula Roy, a well-known Ottawa food commentator and food editor of Ottawa at Home Magazine, to create a menu for The Ford Farm To Car Sustainability Breakfast. The ingredients used are either currently being used or are being researched for future use in Ford vehicles. The food used for the morning’s menu, organic and locally sourced where possible, was prepared by the kitchen at the Courtyard Marriott.
I know I was curious as to what a sustainable breakfast would look and taste like. I am used to eating the regular breakfast fare many people are accustomed to eating on a Saturday morning: eggs prepared a certain way, bacon, waffles, etcetera. I was not expecting to see what was lovingly created for us to eat to welcome us to the BConference Conference. Ford Canada had a table display of some of the items they use in their vehicles that were also used in the dishes we were going to eat.
All who had the privilege of attending this event were stunned at how gorgeous a sustainable breakfast could be! It was hard not to take one of everything served. The colours were much more vibrant than I had expected, and the combination of foods used to tie this menu together was amazing!
Here is the menu from The Ford Farm To Car Sustainability Breakfast (served buffet style):
- Tropical green smoothies (cellulose, algae) (gluten-free, can be made dairy-free/vegan)
- Yogurt parfaits with sustainable Muesli prepared by The Musli Project (coconut) (gluten-free)
- Breakfast Polenta with spiced apple compote (corn) (gluten-free, can be dairy-free/vegan)
- Corn Muffins with Blueberry Cream Cheese Filling (wheat and corn)
- Cane Syrup and Five Spice Glazed Pork Belly (sugar cane, soy) (dairy-free, gluten-free if tamari used)
- Asian-spiced tomato and egg frittata garnished with pickled bamboo shoots (tomato, bamboo) (gluten-free, can be dairy-free)
- Fruit Summer rolls with berries, melon, lettuce and herbs in rice paper with spicy honey (rice) (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan)
As we all tucked in to eat this delightful meal, Paula Roy discussed the menu. She touched on the significance of the sustainable item featured in each dish. Matt Drenan-Scace of Ford Canada then went into detail about Ford’s focus on sustainability. He spoke about how important it is to start to look towards more plant-based products and by-products to produce cleaner products.
The Ford Farm To Car Sustainability Breakfast was an eye-opener for all who got to take in what was shared Ford is looking to the future through the sustainability of its vehicles, as well as what we enjoyed for our breakfast. I was presently surprised about how long Ford has been researching the use of plant-based products and by-products.
I thought this session was an amazing way to get into gear for the learning we were about to dive into at the BConnected Conference! It also gave me more confidence in what is going into Ford vehicles and how it is trying to lessen its footprint on the environment.
Click here if you are interested in finding out more about Ford Canada’s approach to sustainable materials connect with Ford Canada on Twitter using the hashtag #FordFarmToCar to share your questions or concerns .
Which plant-based material are you most surprised is currently being used in Ford vehicles?
I was not compensated by Ford Canada to write this post. I just wanted to share this great experience with all of you!