Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative
December 17, 2017 

Packaging that meets grocery and restaurant food safety, integrity and quality requirements and that is digestible by animals either does not exist or is not readily available today. But if grocery stores and restaurants were to utilize food packaging that meets food safety, integrity and quality requirements and that is also digestible by animals, including pets, farm animals, fish, insects and worms, the waste could be sent to a renderer for manufacture into animal feed. Saved would be all the energy and natural resources that went into producing and manufacturing the food and its inherent packaging, including its inherent animal nutrition value and its economic value as a feed source.

No one industry, be it food or package manufacturers, restaurants or grocers, is willing to assume the responsibility to fund millions of dollars of research likely to be required to identify new packaging materials that would meet food safety, integrity and quality requirements and also be digestible by animals.
~   If such packaging is to be found, a food industry cooperative research effort will be required through creation of a public-private partnership (PPP) comprised of key stakeholders (including food and package manufactures, grocers and foodservice companies, renderers, pet food manufacturers, their trade associations, government agencies, foundations, think tanks and universities).

I believe that funding for such a PPP can be found through, for example, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).
~   See: 
~   "FFAR builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. The Foundation was established by the Farm Bill passed in 2014 and charged with complementing and furthering the important work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population."

The Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative (ADFPI) is a registered Maryland non-profit (IRS 501(c)(3) status pending) with the goal/objective of bringing together key representatives of grocers, restaurants, food manufacturers, food packaging manufacturers and their trade associations to discuss interest in the establishment of such a PPP.
~   Information about the ADFPI Maryland nonprofit is here:

The ADFPI initiative is the first in a two-step process - The first step is to get key decision makers in a room to discuss the establishment of a public-private partnership (PPP).

Until funding for the initiative can be found, I am seeking volunteers to join the initiative to serve the following roles for which I do have the required experience or expertise:
~   Web Master – Maintain the ADFPI www site,
~   Finance Director – Manage income, expenses and taxes.
~   Social Media Director – Set up and manage FaceBook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter and U-Tube accounts.
~   Legal Counsel

I would like to attend the following two upcoming out of town meetings to continue pressing for the initiative, but will be unable to do so without funding for the initiative.
~   The Packaging Conference February 5-7 in Orlando - See:
~   The Food and Beverage Environmental Conference March 25 - 28 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico - See:

I anticipate seeking funding for the initiative through crowd funding.
~   I have no experience in seeking crowd funding and volunteer assistance is sought.

Will Fisher who recently retired from IFT is an ADFPI initiative advisor.
~   His Linkedin bio is here:

ADFPI Executive Director, Jack Cooper, fully retired, effective October 1, 2017, from FIEN, LLC the regulatory and policy email update service he founded in 1990.
~   Jack's Linkedin bio is here: 

Jack Cooper, Executive Director
Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative (ADFPI), a Maryland nonprofit with IRS 501(c)(3) status pending - Legal Zoom is preparing the IRS 501(c)(3) application for ADFPI.
The Maryland nonprofit status is here: 
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