Food Waste Solutions

This event has been postponed (date to be determined)

According to the USDA, more than one-third of all food in the United States goes uneaten through loss or waste. This has tremendous implications for the environment, economy, and human health. But what can we do about it? Keynote speaker Tristram Stuart will set the stage for a conversation exploring solutions to preventing wasted food in our food system.



Tristram StuartTristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner, and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food.

His books, The Bloodless Revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to the present and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times) and have been translated into several languages. His TED talk has been watched over 1.7 million times.

Tristram started publicly campaigning on food waste as a lone pioneer in 2002. He has been a principal protagonist in building the global movement that has mobilized hundreds of organizations, millions of individuals, achieved mass behavior change, obtained commitments from the world’s biggest food companies and governments, and a Sustainable Development Goal (12.3) to halve food waste by 2030. Tristram is an official UN Champion of this Global Goal.

The environmental charity he founded, Feedback (, has played a pivotal role in catalyzing and leading the global food waste movement. Feedback has driven changes in supermarket policies and international legislation and consistently punches way above its weight at the highest level globally.

In 2016, he founded Toast Ale ( which upcycles unsold fresh bread into award-winning craft beer. After 3 years of operations, Toast brewed up 1 million slices of surplus bakery bread into delicious, refreshing beer. Toast is brewing in 6 countries. 100% of its distributable profits go to Feedback and other aligned charities worldwide. Its unique impact investment structure, called “Equity for Good”, pledges investors to reinvest any capital gains into planet-saving organizations (for-profit or not-for-profit).

Tristram won the international environmental award in 2011, The Sophie Prize. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


Jenny Kedward, Environmental Specialist, Dakota County

Audrey Seligman, Project Coordinator, Waste Not! Food Waste Reduction Project

Ayanle Aden, Participant, Waste Not! Food Waste Reduction Project

Nicola Dixon, Director of Global Philanthropy, General Mills Inc. Executive Director, General Mills Foundation

Jennifer Wagner-Lahr, Senior Director of Innovation & Commercialization, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)

Claire Koelsch Sand, Ph.D. Owner, Packaging Technology and Research, LLC

Katherine Dolan, Global Account Director, Leanpath

Julie Danzl, Minneapolis Public Schools

Learn more about each of the speakers. 



8:15 am - Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am - Opening Remarks

9:05 am - Keynote Speaker: Tristram Stuart

10:05 am - Session 1: Local Prevention-Based Solutions

11:05 am - Session 2: Solutions in Production, Processing, and Distribution

12:00 pm - Lunch & Food Waste Expo

1:00 pm - Session 3: Solutions in Food Service

2:00pm - Panel Discussion + Q&A, Moderated by Tristram Stuart

3:00pm - Official program concludes

3:00 - 5:30 pm - After Party Happy Hour at Republic and Panel Discussion: "Brewing Solutions"

Birchwood Catering will offer vegetarian and GF options for breakfast and lunch. 

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