How Tessa Clarke and OLIO are tackling the food waste crisis Business News


essa Clarke didn’t just ride a horse when she was growing up – she also rode a pig and a cow. And a sheep called “Sheepy” who (just like the sheep in your dream) was good at jumping fences. She lived at Burgate Farm in the Yorkshire Dales. It was there that she acquired her “pathological hatred of food waste” – or, in fact, wasting anything else – which has now crystallized in her “sharing” app, OLIO.

His mother intended to save an ancient breed of pig, the sable and black Oxford, from extinction. “Watch these pigs,” she said to her daughter, “and let me know when they start having sex.” Tessa Clarke and her sister were put to work as soon as they were old enough to carry a bucket. “Our parents had no qualms about child labor,” she says. “You learn problem solving and resilience growing up on a farm.”

After graduating in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge, she knew one thing: “I knew I didn’t want to be a farmer.” She had done that. But when she looked at democracies around the world, and in particular the rise of tech giants, she was aware that “for every desired consequence there is a whole series of unintended consequences.” It is this fundamental conviction that led her to OLIO.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-02 06:00:00