Fact: Ranked as a country, food waste would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, just behind the United States and China! This means food waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of all global emissions! Join us for a unique team building experience and support local organizations that are diverting and up-cycling food waste into new products to help fight climate change. We’ll follow the food waste trail to learn how ingenious social entrepreneurs are utilizing food that would otherwise end up in our landfills.
Some Suggested Stops
Local Grocery Store
Ever wonder why you never see produce at the store with bruises, bumps, and discoloration? That’s because a third of our food does not make it from the farm or factory to our stores or kitchens. Learn how your local grocery store deals with cosmetically misshapen fruits and vegetables and other food waste.
Tirelessly working to make a serious dent in food waste while bringing nutritious food to those in need, food recovery organizations in the bay area are making progress in reducing uneaten and wasted food. Learn how they connect organizations with excess perishable and prepared food to neighborhood food programs that provide these meals to charitable organizations free of charge.
Be prepared to be amazed with the organization whose vision of finding a home for the 6 billion pounds of ugly produce that goes to waste each year in California alone has resulted in savings of 4.4 million pounds of food, 220 million gallons of water, $2 million dollars on groceries, and over 15 million pounds of C02! They source the “imperfect” produce directly from farms and deliver it to customers’ doors for 30-50% less than grocery store prices.
Food Shift Kitchen – Meal
Dana Frasz, Chef Terrell and their resident staff know that food isn’t waste— it’s valuable nutrition that uses precious environmental resources and should be used to feed people in our communities. We will learn how they use food waste reduction as a strategy that saves money, benefits the community, and alleviates strain on the environment. By trimming waste and diverting food loss they alleviate hunger, create jobs, combat climate change, conserve natural resources, and cultivate more sustainable communities. You will have a delicious lunch and can buy homemade soups, pickles and wonderful ketchup!
Did you know that the average American family of four wastes $1600 of food per year? Their food donations come from restaurants and groceries and they also provide food for some of the Oakland schools. Our tours support the efforts of this effective and dedicated organization.
We’ll cap our experience at a brewery for a sample beer tasting while we hang with the locals in this former tin can factory. The rough-and-tumble industrial vibe looks like it hasn’t been touched since the ’30s. You can also have dinner right here at their Smokestack BBQ or we can suggest other great neighborhood eateries.
ReGrained harvests grain from urban craft breweries and upcycles it to create delicious, nutritious, and sustainable food. Launched in 2012, ReGrained is not just a bakery, but more of a go-between the brewing industry and local food systems. It is a service provider and a manufacturer. Their vision is to upcycle all of the grain from every urban brewery in the world! We’ll provide samples of ReGrained Sustainable Supergrain bars. They harvest grain from local breweries and upcycle “spent” grain it to create delicious, nutritious, and sustainable food to fight food waste at the tap!