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Nov 23, 2021

”Think about food design as a system. We are innovating at the product end, but we’re also trying to innovate ….to get food that would be otherwise be wasted back into the food supply chain…(including through) canned (and frozen) fruit and vegetables, which are really good accessible nutrition,” especially in the face of climate change. Dr. Lara Ramdin on Electric Ladies Podcast

As we commemorate Thanksgiving in the U.S., and do so on the heels of the huge UN climate conference COP26 when businesses and governments pledged “urgent action and investment” to shift to sustainable farming, we need to talk about how to feed the 2.37 billion people across the world who are food insecure.

Listen to Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer of Dole Sunshine Foods in this enlightening and inspiring interview with Electric Ladies podcast host Joan Michelson about how they are finding creative ways to do so.

You’ll hear:

  • What a circular food supply looks like, from farm to table to plant to table.
  • How surprisingly nutritious canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables are – especially for people living in “food deserts” where fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce.
  • How packaged fruits and vegetables help combat climate change, and reduce food loss from it.
  • How design thinking is reinventing their process of developing new and more nutritious fruit and vegetable products, and more sustainable packaging for them that also retains the food’s nutrition.
  • Great career advice, especially for women in mid-career.

Look for things outside of your comfort zone…And, I think that, especially in mid-career and above, what becomes more important is…that whoever it is that you report to…understands what it is that you bring to the organization and what your strengths are and allows you to be authentic to yourself…and is also able to give you feedback and allow you to grow.” Dr. Lara Ramdin on Electric Ladies Podcast

Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.

You’ll also want to listen to:

  • Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.”
  • Gabrielle Rubenstein, Managing Partner and Founder, Manna Tree Partners, investors in food companies making our food supply more transparent and healthier.
  • Robin Currey, Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College.
  • Jackie Roberts, AppHarvest, on their massive sustainable indoor farm
  • Cindi Bigelow, CEO, Bigelow Tea, on converting a 75-year old tea company to combat climate change.
  • Haley Lowry, Dow Chemical’s Sustainability Director on reducing the carbon footprint of food packaging.

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