On-Farm Food Loss and Beyond with Sarah Hulick and Olympia Yarger

For the final installment in our three-part food waste series, we’re climbing all the way up to the top of the supply chain to gain a deeper understanding of on-farm food loss and waste. The challenges that farmers face getting food to the farm gate have ramifications that are felt all throughout the food system, so by understanding this vital link in the chain, we’ll gain insight into how we might begin to shift the way we understand waste overall. 

Today, you’ll hear from Sarah Hulick, food waste expert and a Horticulture Faculty Member at Cabrillo College, and then we turn to Olympia Yarger, CEO of Goterra (a Tenacious Ventures portfolio company), for some closing remarks on what shifting the food waste narrative will truly require.

In this episode, our guests speak about:

  • The role labor limitation plays in the calculation around food waste on-farm
  • How on-farm food loss and waste is often linked to limitations further up the value chain
  • Why psychological barriers to change may be some of the most difficult to overcome in the quest to reduce the food system’s impact

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Key takeaways

  • [00:07:41] Does ugly produce really get wasted? 
  • [00:17:01] The destructive power of “best by” dates
  • [00:24:29] How Goterra is collaborating with customers to tackle waste

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