menu

Local Meat Processing Plants Go Mobile

Local Meat Processing Plants Go Mobile
Design

New project in the Northeast provides crucial infrastructure for sustainable agriculture.

Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 16 september 2010

With local, small scale slaughterhouses closing under the burden of costly regulations, there is growing need within the independent farming community – who tend to raise far fewer animals using more sustainable practices – for affordable and accessible infrastructure to help them get their meat to market. Currently many farmers face lengthy travel to get these facilities, which adds to the overall cost, limited availability, in terms of number of the number of animals they can bring at one time and scheduling difficulties that sometimes require them to make appointments up to a year in advance, a real problem if their livestock hasn’t reached proper weight by that time or is ready earlier than expected. Together these factors create a nearly impossible situation for farmers, who already deal in a business of variables and unknowns.

In an effort to fill that void, Glynwood, an organization that supports sustainable agricultural practices in the Northeast, has developed a mobile modular slaughterhouse called the Modular Harvest System (MHS). The 53-foot trailer has been engineered with four modules that mirror in miniature the end-to-end capabilities of a full scale processing plant, including preparation, refrigeration and disposal, as well as a small office for an on-site USDA inspector, which is required by law.

The unit is designed to dock at predetermined sites throughout the region, with the first site located in New York State’s Delaware County, with a goal of having five operating within the next two years. In the future, these locations could be expanded into full-service hubs, incorporating butchering and distribution facilities, alongside produce markets and community kitchens.

Glynwood’s Modular Harvest System

[via The City Fix]

image via Adrian Boliston

Trending

Turn Food Scraps Into Fertilizer In 24 Hours

Food
Technology Today

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines

Travel Today

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Work

See All
Food Today

Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

The Coffee Drop Printer uses a large canvas to design these unique images

Related Expert

Katia Beauchamp

Retail, E-Commerce, Beauty

Travel Today

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture Today

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport Today

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Communications Officer: What This Holiday Season Means For Millennial Shoppers

Dallas Lawrence of the Rubicon Project shares why holiday cheer is all about likes, views and retweets

PSFK Labs Yesterday

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated Today

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Retail Today

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

Fashion Today

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work Today

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing Today

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Advertising Today

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

Automotive Today

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

No search results found.