Episode: 016: Sustainable Food (and Management Education) with Presidio Graduate School


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016: Sustainable Food (and Management Education) with Presidio Graduate School

In this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we begin a new series on the relationship between food and equitable opportunity. In today’s food culture, we’re seeing a rising number of individuals, businesses and communities that are rethinking how we grow, process, and consume our food. In this series we partner with Presidio Graduate School to bring you a series of stories about the pioneers who are working to innovate and transform our food system into one that promotes better health for people, the planet, and the economy.

Topic: The Relationship Between Food and Equitable Opportunity

In This Episode:0:29 Introduction to Food and Equitable Opportunity Series1:46 Introduction of guests4:30 What is Presidio Graduate School?6:55 Karen shares her background and passion for sustainable food systems.8:38 Dan shares his background and tells the story of his company, Regrained.10:48 For Karen, how do her passions for food and sustainability intersect?12:19 What is the future of food and sustainability?13:30 For Dan, how did his passion for food and sustainability come together?14:38 What is the future of Regrained?17:52 How is the sustainability field addressing equity?20:33 What are the implications of a more sustainable food system?22:12 How does a sustainable food system impact quality of life and earning a living wage?28:05 What should the food production system look like 30 years from now?

Guests: Dr. Steven Crane, Associate Dean of the MBA program at Presidio Graduate School.Karen Williams is the co-chair of the Presidio Sustainable Food Club and works at the Nexus of Urban Sustainability and Food.Dan Kurzrock is the co-chair of the Presidio Sustainable Food Club, as well as the Executive Grain Officer of ReGrained, a company that repurposes “spent” beer grain to create healthy, delicious, and sustainable products.

Organization: Presidio Graduate School is a school driven to educate leaders and transform the world. Presidio has a diverse student body and delivers education courses in virtual and in-person modes. Presidio offers an MBA and MPA program, as well as a dual MBA and MPA program. Karen and Dan are examples of the quality leadership that Presidio is growing and fostering with their degree programs.

Karen and Dan bring their passion for economics, social justice, healthy food, and easy access to food to their respective roles. They each understand that everything is connected. How we grow and distribute food, and reduce the amount of waste involved in it will provide enormous economic opportunity. If we help create ownership on how to grow the food, develop the market, and deliver it to market, we’ve created a way that addresses economic opportunity with those who have not previously had it.

Take Away Quotes:“We want our business to be something that creates jobs and we want it to be a really active player in our sustainable economy.”

“It is a holistic system so if you’re not addressing the social equity piece, then long term you can’t be totally sustainable.”

“It’s not just access to good food, but that also drives ability to maintain good health. So it really is all connected and that’s what I find so fascinating and exciting about it.”

“Food is such a massive industry and it has such a huge impact on our communities and our planet. The needs of today and our food system are are largely being prioritized over those of tomorrow and I became interested in ways that I could use business to counter balance that.”

Resources:http://www.regrained.com/https://www.facebook.com/Presidio-Sustainable-Food-Club-271823156176366/timeline/http://www.presidio.edu/

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