The farm-to-table movement is all about building connections between growers, and the people eating. But what is farm-to-car? It's all part of Ford's ongoing "farm-to-car mission." Using renewable materials, especially leftovers of agriculture that would otherwise be discarded, can make a huge difference to the environmental impact of a car. It can make vehicles lighter, reduce petroleum use, and lower carbon dioxide emissions. From common crops like tomatoes, soybeans and wheat straw to more exotic plants like hemp, eucalyptus and agave fiber (a byproduct of tequila production), Ford scientists are experimenting with turning crops into car parts, as well as a host of other manufacturing applications.
Ford has also teamed up with fame tequila provider Jose Cuervo to help reduce their environmental footprint. They’re working together to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct in Ford vehicles, potentially forming bioplastics for a variety of automotive uses, from wire harnesses to storage bins.
With nearly 200 kilograms of plastic in a typical car, every step Ford can take to reduce the weight of vehicles, without compromising the quality of the parts, is an important one. The remnant fibres from the processed agave plant could help make vehicle parts not only lighter (lowering energy consumption) but also more durable.
The more sustainable materials that help manufacturers like Ford offset the use of petrochemicals, glass fibres and talc in parts production, the better. Agave could potentially join soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fibre, cellulose, coconut fibre and rice hulls on the growing list of sustainable biomaterials used in Ford vehicles.
We were invited by one of our partners, Pumpkin PR, to join us in celebrating Ford's remarkable commitment for sustainability. A luxurious six course meal curated by Chef David Omar saw us tasting pickled bamboo with dandelion leaves, Coconut crust salmon filet as well as the surprisingly tasty Corn creme brûlée top up with sugar cane marrow and wild cherries.
We look forward to see all the great things Ford Motor Company comes up with it's sustainability program.
Amir of WeAreYeg