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☁️ Reducing Carbon by Reducing Food Waste & Hunger

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Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Jasmine Crowe | Founder & CEO | Goodr
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction

Podcast’s Essential Bites:

[3:22] “Goodr is a sustainable food waste management company. We are leveraging technology to combat hunger and reduce food waste.”

[5:24] “Up to 80 billion pounds […] [of food is wasted] every year in the United States […] from consumer facing businesses. So this is not including what gets wasted in the household.”

[6:56] “The initial vision […] [was to] reduce food waste by 15% to feed 25 million Americans. […] Now I really just want to reduce food waste and feed millions of people all over the world.”

[8:45] “I knew that I wanted to use technology […]. I felt like I was inspired by the emergence of food delivery apps. So your Uber Eats your Doordashes, and really felt like technology could be a conduit to solve the issue. And […] I didn't have that experience. So what I started […] was just really writing down […] little wireframes and what I felt like the app should do, what I felt like who [was] going to be the user.”

[17:30] “I think the buyers are typically […] sustainability directors […]. And I think the reason why they want to work with us is because we have a true system in place to help them get to zero food waste. And we also give them the analytics and we can tell them […] the things that [they]'re wasting on a regular basis so that they can actually make better production decisions. We show them who the food is going to. We also give them a lot of sustainability reports. So for every pound of food they keep out of landfill, we let them know what that means for carbon emissions for water savings. We show them a lot of heat maps of how they're making an impact.”

[22:06] “[Consumers are] organizations for food donations. And sadly […] we're trying to actually grow the supply side first, […] because we have a huge amount of demand. We have nonprofits in 46 states and 17 countries. So we have a lot of demand. What we need is more people actually donating their food. And so we'll have nonprofits that will register in states that we're not even in yet. So I definitely don't think it's like trying to grow the demand side, that is something that we've really figured out.”

[28:25] “From a business side […] we are taking a radically different approach to solving hunger and food waste and that's by putting technology and logistics first. We really believe that we are deeply connected with the communities that we serve. […] And so what Goodr is doing is working with the biggest of the best businesses and helping them capture all these meals and get them to people in need while giving those customers back tax savings and a lot of reporting around their impact on their sustainability. I do see that we have a huge 100 plus billion dollar opportunity in front of us, because the truth is that food waste and hunger exists everywhere in the world. And therefore we believe that Goodr should be everywhere in the world. I think that you know, it's just about getting people to join us and more and more people are joining us.”

[29:50] “[The intersection and interrelationship between food waste and climate change] is very direct. As food waste sits in landfills and rots and produces methane gas, which is a leading contributor to global climate change. […] Project Drawdown about four years ago, when I was first getting started, had listed food waste as the number three thing that we can do to impact global climate change. Last year, they made it the number one thing that we could do to impact global climate change.

[30:23] “We are seeing other countries like France and Italy, begin to say, […] you're not going to get to waste food in this country without penalty. And what they end up doing is they make businesses have to pay for that.”

[31:08] “[The biggest cause of food waste] is overproduction both in what's grown and what's prepared. […] I always say […] that hunger is not an issue of scarcity, it's really a matter of logistics.”

[39:02] “[The most positive impact] could possibly be policy. […] And I would also probably have to say funding. […] I think that a lot of money is spent in the hunger space and it's also spent in the climate space, but it does seem to go to the same kind of organizations and to the same people. And what that does is it prevents people from growing and in solving real big problems.”

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🎙️ Full Episode: Apple | Spotify (Original Title: "Startup Series: Goodr")
🕰️ 41 min | 🗓️ 07/29/2021
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