2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Stephen Satterfield

Founder and CEO

Whetstone Media


Since 2007, Stephen Satterfield has devoted his career to redefining food and beverage as means to organize, activate and educate. He saw the need for more inclusive storytelling and a media company dedicated to food origins and culture from around the world.

Prior to his career in media, Stephen Satterfield was a sommelier and social entrepreneur promoting wine as a catalyst for socioeconomic development for Black wine workers in South Africa. He is "one of the country’s most respected food journalists" (Eater), and host of the acclaimed Netflix docuseries, High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America . The Peabody Award-winning project is now entering its highly anticipated second season.


Wednesday, May 17th

9:00am - 10:30am

Mainstage Session | Food Waste: The Past, Present, and Future

Bold action to tackle food waste reduction is more urgent than ever. From rising food prices and ongoing labor shortages, to supply chain disruptions and the surging carbon footprint of discarded food — there is a unique opportunity to influence behavior around proper food management and the food system is rising up to meet this moment. We have come far in just the last three years, but a 50% reduction goal is still a long way off. Featuring a 20-minute introduction from Dana Gunders, followed by a three 15min series of keynotes, this session will showcase different perspectives on food waste — where we’ve come, where we are now, and what needs to happen to get to 2030. 


Wednesday, May 17th

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Mainstage Session | Cultivating an Inclusive Food System Where Everybody Eats: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Food Waste

Our food systems were never broken and inequities within them are not natural. They are rooted in historic structures of racial, socioeconomic, and cultural discrimination. Acknowledging and addressing the systemic inequities that are deeply ingrained is the first step to creating an equitable, just, and inclusive food system for all. This session will include a share out of the insights from ReFED’s new Landscape Assessment report that examines the intersections between food waste and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). For instance,  what food waste reduction activities have impacts that help or hinder equity movements? And opposingly, what impact does equity movements have on the amount of food going to waste? The report points out the intersections and makes some recommendations for steps to take to increase equity in food systems. The panel will reflect on these questions and panelists will share their own experiences and explore these intersections.

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