The food industry is rapidly changing in so many good ways. It’s moving to a culture of fresh, healthy and local as people become more aware of what they are putting in their bodies. Farmer’s markets are booming and fast food chains are positively adapting or disappearing. Vegetarian and vegan diets are on the rise. And, food sustainability is becoming a reality. Meal subscription services are making access to quality food a lot more convenient. And most of these initiatives wouldn’t be possible without some incredible women leading the charge!
Here are four women who are changing the way we eat and making history every day:
Murray is making waves in Detroit as a leader in waste elimination and food sustainability. She founded Detroit Dirt, a company with a mission of “zero waste from the ground up.” Detroit Dirt takes waste off of businesses’ hands and provides fresh compost back to them. In 2014, her company diverted over 51,000 tons of waste from landfills. That’s a lot of waste. And now, she’s been gaining national attention; her company has been featured in magazines like Fortune, Time, and Newsweek and she even starred in a Ford commercial. Talk about changing the way we eat for the better!
We often think of large grocers as opponents to the environment and small business but Garnes is neither of these. As the vice president of produce-floral merchandising at Kroger, she increased the amount of produce Kroger buys locally by 27% between 2011 and 2016. That’s just five short years. She is a champion in the community and was praised on Fortune.com as one of 2016’s Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.
While you may not know her name, you absolutely know about the non-profit that she co-founded: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). One of PETA’s biggest focuses is to advocate for a vegan lifestyle, which will help end the mistreatment of animals. The global organization tries to do this by educating people about the numerous health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet. The company may have some controversy, but they have certainly paved the way for animal rights advocacy groups today.
While now a venture capitalist, Schultz co-founded HelloFresh, the meal kit delivery service that is revolutionizing the way people shop for food. HelloFresh is a multi-million dollar subscription-based service that delivers food right to your door that is easy-to-prepare, delicious and, well, fresh. They even have different “lifestyle” options to choose from, including a meal plan for vegetarians.
Who are some of your favorite women that we left out (besides, our founder:))? Let us know who your food heroes are!