Why is there more food in our bins than on our plates?
Waste occurs at every level of the food system – in farming, supermarkets, restaurants and home kitchens. When the supermarket won’t stock a crooked carrot, it won’t end up on our plate. How do we better connect consumers with the food that they eat? How do we bring everything closer together – connect shoppers with local and sustainable producers and get the most out of our meals? What models of composting are possible in large-scale restaurants and how do we make them the norm? Hear what the experts have to say about the key issues of sustainability and waste in our food system, and how can we combat these in our day-to-day operations and consumption habits.
This event is part of From the Ground Up: An Exploration of Food, Hospitality and Technology in Melbourne – a day of programming dedicated to understanding the role Melbourne plays in the wider conversation around food and innovation.
David Craven serves as Programme Manager, Climate Positive Development and Head of C40s Melbourne Office. Prior to joining C40, David held leadership positions focused on the creation of a more sustainable built environment across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including roles as a Director with the Green Building Councils of both Australia and New Zealand, and Leader of Sustainable Buildings with Sustainability Victoria. He also led projects in London with Brookfield Multiplex and the global architectural practice Woods Bagot. David has experience in establishing and managing green building rating systems, developing voluntary industry leadership programs, introducing building energy efficiency regulation and creating sustainable building and precinct design strategies.
Reground is a sustainable waste education service, redirecting coffee waste away from landfill, redistributing it to gardens city-wide – reducing the carbon impact of coffee consumption. Reground exists to help cafes, create a community around organic waste and to innovate on our current waste disposal structure, making it more resourceful for our pocket, people and planet. Kaitlin, co-director of Reground, is passionate about connecting community through positive impact and is committed to solving problems in the most efficient and resourceful way. With a drive to see startups scale and triple bottom line business become the norm, she joined Reground in its infancy to see the vision of waste as a resource come to life.
Katy Barfield is Australia's leading food waste warrior. As the founding CEO of food rescue organisation SecondBite, she led the organisation through a period of intense growth, from collecting around 600kg of fresh produce in 2005 to redistributing over two million kilograms in 2012. In 2013, Katy launched Australia's first wholesale fruit and veg business, Spade and Barrow to keep Australian farmers on the land. Katy created Yume, Australia's first surplus food marketplace in 2014, which enables food suppliers such as primary producers and manufacturers to sell their quality surplus products to buyers in the foodservice industry. In 2017, Katy was awarded the Telstra Business Women Victorian For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award.
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