2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Patrick Crowley

Chief Executive Officer

Chapul Farms


With previous positions as a climate modeler, hydrologist, and agronomist for state and federal agencies, Pat’s diverse career path has a singular focus of ensuring food and water availability for future generations. He founded Chapul in 2012 as a way to create market pull-through demand for the growth of the insect agriculture industry. This path led him to an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, securing an investment from Mark Cuban, and the creation of a brand that reached national distribution as the first of its kind. He has expanded the mission to Chapul Farms’ which is at the forefront of building the infrastructure for insect agriculture as a platform for food waste reduction, soil health regeneration, and more sustainable agricultural inputs, all guided by the mission of increasing biodiversity in agriculture. In addition to Chapul, Pat sits on the Board of Tainable Regenerative Agriculture Laboratory, and is Chairman of the Board for the National Science Foundation's Industry University collaborative research center: The Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming currently discovering entirely new galaxies of beneficial microbial ecosystems. 


Wednesday, May 17th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

All the Buzz: The Value of Insect Farming in Upcycling Food Waste into Animal Feed

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

For too long they’ve been a fly on the wall, but insects offer a new frontier in the sector. Given insects’ natural role as food for a number of farmed livestock species, it is worth reconsidering their role in the food waste movement. Furthermore, turning food scraps into animal feed is an affordable and preventative measure that minimizes the environmental impacts of this waste while providing livestock with safe, nutritious, and value-added fodder. The panel discussion will address the emergence and scale of these recycling measures and to determine what is needed for growth and adoption of these solutions.


What is the one thing you want Summit attendees to focus on in 2023?

Systems Integration and 2) How can we leverage food waste to foster greater biodiversity? 3) Adaptation to a changing climate

What motivates you personally to work on food waste-related issues?

It is one of the most addressable challenges of our time to secure a more resilient future.

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