Circular Food
Kat Heinrich
3 May 2021

Webinar streamed live on 22nd January 2020. 

Meat consumption is increasing worldwide. Conventional animal feed products like soya have huge environmental impacts, contributing to climate change and deforestation. Converting surplus food into animal feed offers a sustainable alternative. This webinar, with Olympia Yarger (Goterra) and Karen Luycx (Feedback), delves into the benefits, risks, practical applications, and challenges of turning surplus food into animal feed.


“What we are wasting today will not be wasted tomorrow. A large volume of money is being invested into recycling pre-consumer food waste.”

– Olympia Yarger –

“We have to take into account that we need changes in the way our supply chains operate. Especially if the retail end of supply chain is concentrated as in the case of United Kingdom”

– Karen Luycx –

Olympia Yarger

Founder and CEO, Goterra

Olympia YargerOlympia is a farmer, innovator, and leader in insect farming in Australia. She’s the Founder and CEO of insect farm Goterra, a company that manages food waste and creates livestock feed, using robotic, modular insect farms. She’s also the founding Director and Chair of the Insect Protein Association of Australia. A species of fly discovered in the Daintree rainforest in 2018 was named Hermetia Olympiae in honour of her work in building the insect farming industry in Australia.

Karen Luyckx

Head of Research, Feedback

Karen LuyckxKaren is Head of Research at Feedback, a UK-based campaign group working to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. Karen leads Feedback’s investigative work on the environmental impact of conventional animal feed, such as soya. fish meal and fish oil, and alternatives, such as heat-treated surplus food. Karen has just finished a four-year research project in coordination with the University of Wageningen on the safety and environmental aspects of using surplus food in pig feed; a proposal now back on the table with policy-makers. In addition, Karen supports colleagues in ensuring Feedback campaigns are underpinned with the latest available scientific research.
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