40% of food grown in the U.S. is thrown away — here's a solution

You’ve heard this astounding statistic before – so why is so much food thrown away? In this eye-opening talk, industry leader Patrick Bultema follows the food from farm to grocery store to discover why the U.S. food system is so wasteful — and what to do about it.

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Patrick Bultema has served as CEO, Founder, and Executive Chairman of numerous companies, including FoodMaven, a Colorado-based company and online marketplace for surplus food from the grocery industry that would otherwise end up in landfills. With a Master of Divinity from Princeton, he values a stewardship approach to our planet and its inhabitants. Patrick and his wife are the proud parents of seven children, three of whom were adopted from China.

What sparks your curiosity?

I’m curious about how our food system came into being. It is truly a marvel that 300 plus million people in the US always have pretty much anything you could possibly want to eat. But I’m also pained by the inadequacies of the system and the massive waste. And I’m intrigued how the system and food is being transformed for the better of society.

What inspires awe and fascination for you?

I’m inspired by the stewardship and tenacity of the farmers and ranchers that grow our food. They truly are the lifeblood of our society, with a quiet sense of calling to feed our country and the world. I’m in awe of the inventors, innovators, and thought leaders who bring about dramatic change and transformation of fundamental structures of our society, including how we do food. Finally, I’m humbled by the opportunity to be a part of bring about positive change.

Hobbies / Passions / Fun Facts

I’m blessed to have a wonderful wife and 7 kids, 3 of whom we were fortunate to adopt from China. I love outdoor activities, including snow skiing, fly fishing, cycling, hiking and climbing. Living in Colorado and waking up to a view of Pikes Peak every morning is a dream. I also enjoy projects on our historic home, growing some of our own food, backyard chickens, bees … my grandpa used to always say, “You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.”

Website: Food Maven