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Food Innovations - so needed and expected

by Ekaterina Voronova, from Ekaterina Voronova, on Oct 17
Food is an essential part of our lives. Then why are we so irresponsible to it and careless to how we consume or waste it? Food Hack Geneva, organisation that has the goal to increase the awareness about food issues, organised a networking event.
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Last Friday was an important day for everyone involved and interested in improving eating habits and resolving issues connected with food in the world – the organizers of the first Food Hackathon in Switzerland held a networking evening, where speakers from small and big organizations could share their experience, results of their research and just give interesting insights about the problems which Switzerland faces.

I decided to join the event to discover the issues that occur to be so crucial and to communicate with those people who investigate and try to resolve them.

The interesting fact that I discovered was that Swiss person wastes on average 320 grams of food per day in Switzerland. Just like that, this amount goes into garbage.

After a few keynote presentations, Geneva-based startup Oggi offered a healthy vegetarian meal and gave a short master-class showing how to prepare a cranberry-apple crumble. 

The event was followed up by a panel discussion of all speakers and few other experts that will join the Food Hackathon in a week (29th & 30th October). Some amusing facts and interesting points that were discussed during the Q & A session with specialists:

Marco Iotti - Creator of AIM, CEO of Altrove Innovation - “be compassionate to animals, to plants, to yourselves

Flore Martinson – Manager at Too Good To GoWe should be trying to save food - families in Switzerland can save up to 10 000 chf per year by saving waste food” 

Pan Pan - Flagship Manager Climate-KIC - “we focus too much on the supply side, but we can do more on the demand side

Clemence Cornuz - “The food is a lot about marketing – that makes us consume too much”  

Food Hackathon will be held in Geneva on 29th-30th October and participants can send their applications till 23rd October - looking forward to seeing new ideas to fight against food waste and other problems. 

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