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. When it does it often winds up in the landfill after it leaves our house.
Join us for a unique team building experience that supports local organizations that are diverting and up-cycling food waste into new products helping to fight climate change. We’ll follow the food waste trail to learn how ingenious social entrepreneurs are sourcing unwanted fruits and vegetables. We’ll learn how some are creating food products and meals that would otherwise rot on farms or spoil during storage or distribution.
According to Paul Hawken’s comprehensive new book Drawdown: “Uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital—and generates greenhouse gases at every stage—including methane when organic matter lands in the global rubbish bin.” Therefore food waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of all global emissions!
Fact: Ranked with countries, food waste would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, just behind the United States and China!
Here’s a sample of some of the possible stops we could visit on this eye opening and delicious tour below!
Where does the food that is not used at your local grocery store or farm go?
Let’s visit and find out!
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Imperfect Produce was founded in 2015, with the vision of finding a home for the 6 billion pounds of ugly produce that goes to waste each year in California alone. They source the “imperfect” produce directly from farms and deliver it to customers’ doors for 30-50% less than grocery store prices. Through their efforts they’ve saved over 4.4 million pounds of food, 220 million gallons of water, $2 million dollars on groceries, and over 15 million pounds of C02!
AIR BNB KITCHEN
WOULD LOVE TO LEARN ABOUT THE POLICIES OF THE KITCHEN.
WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT IF IT COULD BE A STOP? OR POSSIBLY EAT LUNCH THERE?
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About The Perennial:
Launched in 2016, the Perennial is a San Francisco restaurant and bar that champions progressive farming. Agriculture has the potential to reverse climate change and their goal is to serve great food and drinks that are part of a positive food system. Through their Perennial Farming Initiative, they support farmers and ranchers who employ regenerative practices including serving bread made with perennial grains, butchering carbon ranched meat and operating an aquaponic greenhouse.
LEARN ABOUT FOOD RECOVERY PROGRAMS
Large-scale food production operations have a problem: excess meals are wasteful, and cost money to clear away. **Re-Plate** and **Food Runners** are recovery services that pick up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers it directly to neighborhood food programs that provides those meals to charitable organizations free of charge.
END THE DAY AT THIRSTY BEAR
We’ll cap our experience at Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery, the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer. It’s hops and grains are sourced from renowned malt houses and premier organic hop farms to distinctly pair their craft beers, pilsners, IPAs, stouts, ales, cask conditioned ales, session beers, and barrel aged brews. They’re a certified Green Business with a longstanding commitment to support sustainable agriculture. Their critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant serves some of the city’s top paella, tapas, charcuterie/cheese and beer pairings, cooked not only with beer, but with beer’s raw ingredients (hops, malts, yeast).
ReGrained harvests and up-cycles “spent” grain from from Thirsty Bear to create delicious, nutritious, and sustainable food to fight food waste at the tap!
We’ll provide samples of ReGrained Sustainable Supergrain bars for you to enjoy along the day!
FURTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout the day you can learn about volunteer opportunities at Food Shift and other organizations working on important issues concerning climate change, food access, job creation!