Jared Kaufman

Research and Writing Fellow

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Jared Kaufman is a Minneapolis-based food journalist and cheesemonger, and the former Research and Writing Fellow with Food Tank. He’s currently a master’s candidate in food studies in Boston University’s gastronomy program, and he holds a magazine journalism degree from the University of Missouri. You can get his daily food newsletter, Nosh Box, here. Follow him on Twitter @jaredography / email: jared@foodtank.com

19 Organizations Celebrating the Role of Forests in the Food System

These organizations are working to protect the world’s forests and celebrate the essential role they play in the food system.

Regenerative Organic Certification Launches to Prioritize Soil Health and Farmworker Justice in Food Products

The standards, which require more sustainable and equitable practices than many existing certifications, are based around three pillars: soil health and land management, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness.

Ten Finalist Visionaries Announced in US$2 Million Food System Vision Prize

Out of more than 1,300 proposals submitted, 10 finalists have been announced for the Food System Vision Prize, a challenge that highlights actionable solutions for a more sustainable food system.

With US$3+ Million in Grants, ReFED’s COVID-19 Fund is Saving Food Waste and Feeding People

ReFED’s COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund has awarded grants to over two dozen organizations, which collectively aim to save 50 million pounds of food over the next 90 days—enough for 41.5 million meals.

Watch: A Growing Culture’s Daylong Broadcast Celebrating Black Voices on Juneteenth

All the conversations are available to stream online. Presenters included Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, farmers Leah Penniman and Karen Washington, and more.

Using AI, Brightseed and Danone Will Discover New Health Benefits of Plant-Based Foods

Bioscience tech company Brightseed has developed an artificial intelligence platform that ties nutrients in plants to specific health outcomes. Their partnership with Danone North America will begin by identifying previously unknown health benefits of soy.

With Oprah and Katy Perry as Investors, Apeel Sciences Raises Millions To Fight Food Waste

Apeel Sciences creates a protective layer that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh longer and prevents waste. The funding will be used in part to expand Apeel as a replacement for cold-chain infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Upcycled Food Is Officially Defined, With a Goal of Paving the Way for Industry Food-Waste Reduction

Upcycled foods “use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, and have a positive impact on the environment,” according to the new definition.

As Food Waste and Insecurity Spike, ReFED’s COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund Aims to Spark Change Beyond the Pandemic

Food waste research organization ReFED is granting US$1 million during the month of May to save 10 million pounds of food—enough for 8.3 million meals. Their goal is to grant US$10 million total throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to create longer-lasting change.

How Winnow is Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Kitchens End Food Waste

Winnow’s artificial intelligence system, Winnow Vision, is using machine learning to give chefs tools to reduce food waste in their kitchens. Winnow CIO Peter Krebs talks with Food Tank about the economic and environmental potential of using AI to cut food waste.