DIF Studio Feeding One-fifth: Circular Food in China

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  • Federico Duarte, Emma Chow

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China accounts for one-fifth of the world’s population and feeding that many people is everyone’s matter. For the simple fact of its scale, China plays an important role in the global food system. What it eats and how it eats has far-reaching implications for everybody.

During this DIF Studio session, we will discuss how entrepreneurial people in China are tackling the challenge of securing enough food for the many, while contributing to a more circular economy for food. The key to a better food future will be how we create resilient and circular companies and unite the efforts by the entrepreneurs in startups, corporates, and government organisations.

This is an abbreviated version of an interview that took place on November 9th. Want to watch the conversation in full? Watch it here:


Federico Duarte

Federico Duarte

Founder of YEAST.

A chef by trade, Federico has spent most of his career building ventures in the intersections of technology, food and culture. From a non-for-profit culinary eduction platform, to a ready-to-cook meal delivery service, he has worked as chef, a founder, a business designer and a consultant.

Federico is the founder of YEAST., a future food laboratory that explores the implications of emerging technologies and behaviors over food and living. He is also a mentor to BitsxBites - China’s first foodtech accelerator - and an advisor to a number of multinational food corporations.

Emma Chow

Emma Chow

Project Manager Cities and Circular Economy for Food

Emma is a member of the Insights and Analysis team and works as the Project Manager for the Cities and Circular Economy for Food initiative. Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Emma worked as a Strategy & Operations Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. in Boston.

Emma grew up in Toronto, Canada and studied Economics and Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College in the US. After graduation, she embarked on a six-month solo journey around the world, gaining influential experiences with organic farms, a social start-up, and philanthropic foundation along the way. When Emma isn't working, she can be found doing outdoor activities, creating art, cooking, or planning her next adventure.


Joe Iles

Joe Iles

Editor in Chief, Circulate

As Editor in Chief of Circulate, Joe’s role is to help deliver leading commentary, news and case studies on the circular economy. Joe is also Digital Architect at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and inputs on a range of programmes with an online element.

Joe’s role at the DIF is to help us draft up our communications messaging and give editorial sign off. He’s also a regular host on the DIF and coordinated the live stream for the 2018 Summit X DIF.

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