2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Ian J. Banks, PhD

Organics Recycling Manager

PreZero US, Inc.


Ian Banks manages external relations, regulatory and compliance, quality assurance, R&D, and intellectual property for PreZero’s Organics division. PreZero’s Organics business is focused on finding closed loop solutions for food loss and waste from producers, manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, and retail outlets. Ian is passionate about scaling up insect agriculture as a solution to various environmental and sustainability challenges.

Ian has worked on using black soldier fly technology to valorize various waste streams for twelve years, in both academia and industry. He has a PhD in Entomology and Sanitation, an MSc in Medical Entomology, and a BSc in Parasitology. Ian worked for the company AgriProtein, an innovator in upcycling food waste into insect-derived products, between 2014 and 2021. He helped commercialize large-scale black soldier fly technology by working on foundational research, product development, project management, fundraising, PR and media relations, and business development. Ian joined PreZero in 2021 and currently holds the position of Organics Recycling Manager.


Thursday, May 12th

10:30am - 11:30am

Breakout Sessions (Running Concurrently)

Johnson Great Room

Turning Waste into Value: New Frontiers in Recycling

What can be done to ensure we’re finding the highest and best use for any food or scraps that remain? Almost any scenario to decrease the amount of food that ends up in waste streams requires organic recycling, yet the industry faces barriers like insufficient processing capacity and unfavorable economic conditions. Dive into these challenges and discover “what’s next” for food recycling, through case studies of successful recycling models, like composting, insect farming, and more. 

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