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Impossible Foods and Vegan Women Summit launch initiative for sustainability and food pioneers

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Plant-based giant Impossible Foods has collaborated with Vegan Women Summit to launch an initiative celebrating female sustainability and food technology leaders.

Impossible Foods has teamed up with Vegan Women Summit to launch the Women Building the Future campaign, which is designed to highlight female leaders spearheading sustainability and food technology initiatives and innovations.

Impossible Foods and Vegan Women Summit are seeking nominations for Women Building the Future. These entail global leaders whose work impacts the fields of sustainability and agriculture. Applicants can be aged 13 or above, and the free-of-charge applications are open till April 30, 2021. The organisers say it is an inclusive programme encouraging nominees of diverse backgrounds, including all women-identifying leaders.

“Empowering women leaders is core to our mission, strength and innovation at Impossible Foods,” said Bindu Garapaty, vice-president of diversity and inclusion at Impossible Foods. “We recognize the collective power in partnering with Vegan Women Summit, and want to highlight the pioneering women in food and technology who are working to save our planet.”

The women leaders chosen as honourees will be announced on June 1. They will also be invited to participate in exclusive programming with leaders in food and sustainability, including Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown and other leading voices in the global food system.

Jennifer Stojkovic, founder of Vegan Women Summit (which last year hosted an event on the intersection of race and veganism), said: “Whether it’s innovating on food technology solutions, advocating in government, building a climate-focused nonprofit, or leading a sustainable eating initiative at their school, women of all ages and backgrounds are leading the way for a kinder, more sustainable world.

“Too often, women, particularly women of color, and their voices are overlooked and underrepresented in these industries. By partnering with the world’s leading plant-based innovator, Impossible Foods, we are excited to bring worldwide attention and support to these women and help them take their work to the next level.”

Anay Mridul
Anay is the managing editor of The Vegan Review. A journalism graduate from City, University of London, he was a barista for three years, and never shuts up about coffee. He's passionate about coffee, plant-based milk, cooking, eating, veganism, writing about all that, profiling people, and the Oxford Comma. Originally from India, he went vegan in 2020, after attempting (and failing) Veganuary. He believes being environmentally conscious is a basic responsibility, and veganism is the best thing you can do to battle climate change. He gets lost at Whole Foods sometimes.