Farming insects and lifelong lessons with Olympia Yarger
Waste warrior and insect farming pioneer, Olympia Yarger of agritech startup, Goterra, has earned the 2023 ACT Australian of the Year award for her commitment to tackling climate change. In this Humans of Agriculture x evokeAG. collab podcast, Oli Le Lievre unpacks Olympia’s diverse and entrepreneurial life experiences.
This week we bring you another Humans of Agriculture x evokeAG. collaboration podcast with Oli Le Lievre. Here Oli catches up with Olympia Yarger, the CEO and Founder of Goterra, a food waste management company, using robotics and black soldier flies to turn food waste into a protein source, used as animal feed and a nutrient-dense fertiliser.
Earlier this month, Olympia was announced as the 2023 ACT Australian of the Year for her contributions in dealing with climate change. Goterra’s food management system has processed more than 35,000 tonnes of waste and saved more than 66,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
The modular biowaste converters have been a huge success for Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct in managing high-volume commercial and retail food waste. The Woolworths Group has also incorporated Goterra’s solution into their business model to help achieve zero food waste going to landfill by 2025.
Olympia shares her story with Oli about how personal tragedy led to her traveling overseas and how those experiences helped shape who she is today and ultimately led to the creation of Goterra.
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