Anyway you look at it, Food Waste is a problem of enormous proportions. Over a third of the food produced globally goes to waste. The value of this wasted food is worth over $1 trillion, weighs 1.3 billion tons, and is a massive contributor to greenhouse gases. There are numerous reasons that contribute to this problem starting from the food wasted at home, the supply chain, cultural perceptions etc. We will discuss some of these issues from a historical perspective, contrast them with how these issues are currently dealt with, and learn about what we can do to help alleviate this problem.
Janet Beizer, BA '74, is a Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard University. She is currently a Guggenheim fellow, and a Martha Sutton Weeks fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. While at the Center this year, Beizer is working on a book project tentatively called The Harlequin Eaters: The Patchwork Imaginary of Nineteenth-Century Paris. The concept of “harlequins” refers to the practice, in 19th century Paris, of reassembling dinner scraps cleared from the plates of the wealthy to sell, re-plated, to the poor.
Charlie Barre, a Graduate of the Marshall School of Business from University of Southern California, is the Head of Growth at Copia. Copia is the first end-to-end waste tracking and food recovery solution. They're leveraging technology to simplify the logistics of redistributing excess food and help businesses maximize top and bottom line value: food cost savings, access to enhanced tax deductions, employee engagement and branding efforts. Current Copia customers include Whole Foods, UC Berkeley, Cisco (Aramark), HPE (Eurest), UCSF, Stanford Hospital (Sodexo), the 49ers (Bon Appétit), Foxtail Catering, etc.
Beverages and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
7:00-8:00PM: Discussion on Food Waste followed by Q&A
Questions? Please contact Raj Uppala, MBA '15
Event proceeds go towards funding two endowed scholarships-the Ira B. Degenhardt Tradition Fellowship and the Peter E. Lee Tradition Fellowship.