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September 2023 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

I took a break from the newsletter in August and we lugged the whole Goulbourne clan up to the Pacific Northwest, spending most days beachcombing and bear watching. When we returned, somehow I had a kindergartener on my hands and it turned into September!

My excitement this month is slightly tempered since I have a lot of updates that aren’t ready to share but nonetheless, here are a few things occupying my attention in the food systems space and the Littlefoot world this month:

It’s Climate Week in NYC and my instagram feed is filled with you fabulous people, speaking on panels, to the press, promoting your world-changing products and keeping us on target to meet the SDGs! I’m eager to hear your takeaways from the weeks’ events, especially the outcomes of the Climate Philanthropy and Food Waste Sessions at the Nest Climate Campus.

I got to sit down with Mark Sadovnick of 5th Element Group for an episode for the Leaders Who Care®. This was a really special opportunity for me to share more behind-the-scenes stories of how I started my career in food systems and the many influences that have shaped my perspectives over the last 15+ years.

I will be hosting a workshop at GreenBiz VERGE in San Jose October 25 with GreenBiz Founder Joel Makower, and colleagues Gesina Beckert from Food for Climate League and Sonalie Figueiras from Green Queen. Our workshop specifically focuses on how to communicate meaningfully about sustainability initiatives within a company, to the consumer, and to the media–without the greenwashing. For more information and to register for VERGE, click here.

As always, I am interested to know what’s going on in your world and how I can support you.

Yours in partnership,


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What I’m Reading

New zero-waste grocery store now open in New HampshireWinsight Grocery Business
In New Hampshire, a groundbreaking zero-waste grocery store has opened its doors, prioritizing eco-conscious consumers by offering package-free products and sustainable shopping alternatives.

74% of Americans Don’t Think Eating Meat & Dairy is Linked to Climate ChangeGreen Queen
According to a recent poll, a growing number of Americans are expressing concern over climate change, particularly in relation to their meat and dairy consumption habits, indicating a potential shift towards more sustainable diets.

Harvesting Hope and Solving Hunger: a Revolutionary Solution to Food WasteChezuba
My friend and colleague Gary Oppenheimer discusses his innovative solution on the Chezubatalks podcast, highlighting how tackles hunger and food waste by addressing information gaps, similar to how Tesla and Uber disrupted their industries.

Fruit and vegetable ‘prescriptions’ may lead to better heart healthThe Washington Post
Doctors are increasingly prescribing fruits and vegetables to patients as part of a new approach to improving health, recognizing the significant impact of diet on well-being, as highlighted in The Washington Post.

Supermarket Food Waste Is a Big Problem. Are Strategic Price Cuts the Solution?Civil Eats
Tackling the pervasive issue of food waste in supermarkets, experts are considering strategic price reductions as a targeted approach to minimize waste and enhance sustainability in the grocery industry.

Mars unveils net-zero roadmap backed with $1bn three-year spending planEdie
Mars, a global food and beverage company, has unveiled an ambitious net-zero roadmap supported by a substantial $1 billion three-year spending plan, demonstrating their commitment to addressing climate change through sustainable practices.

The Case for Bringing Systemic Investing to the Challenge of Funding Agricultural TransitionsMedium
Advocating for systemic investment in agricultural transitions, there is a compelling case for channeling resources into sustainable food systems to drive positive environmental and economic change.

The Kitchen FoodTech Hub announces $70m fund, unveils The Kitchen Labs innovation centerAgFunder News
The Kitchen FoodTech Hub has unveiled a $70 million fund along with The Kitchen Labs Innovation Center, aiming to boost foodtech innovation and startups focused on transforming the food industry.

The Lies in Your Grocery StoreThe New Yorker
The New Yorker’s investigative report delves into the deceptive marketing practices within grocery stores, shedding light on the misinformation and manipulation often encountered by consumers while shopping for food.

Biden-Harris Administration Invests More than $100 Million in Recycling Infrastructure Projects Through Investing in America AgendaEPA
The Biden-Harris administration is directing over $100 million toward recycling infrastructure projects as part of their commitment to bolstering recycling efforts and advancing sustainable waste management practices in the United States, as announced by the EPA.

Biden is unveiling the American Climate Corps, a program with echoes of the New DealNPR
President Biden has launched a Climate Corps job training program to prepare young Americans for green careers and address climate change through practical experience.

100+ technologies startups should be working on, according to 42 top ClimateTech investorsHackTrends
A report from Hacktrends features insights from top climate tech investors, revealing the 100 trends they are closely monitoring in the climate technology sector, including food waste and upcycling.