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How to Eat Your Beer and Reduce Climate Change

posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

My name is Dihan Chandra. Karma Co-op was the first retail location to carry our products. Here’s my story.

Like you, I need to do something more about the climate crisis. I feel I should be doing a lot more to have significant impact especially if there is less than twelve years before irreversible damage. As a social entrepreneur, I am seeking a way to create a new model of business where I could afford a living yet not at the cost of people and planet.

According to Project Drawdown, food waste is an area that would have significant impact in reducing climate change as organic waste that ends up in landfills releases greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide, which are major contributors to the climate crisis.

Photo Credit: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

I started working with the craft brewing industry that produces malted barley grains as a by-product of brewing. Once the barley has been boiled to release sugar, the grains are considered “spent” and traditionally provided as animal feed or disposed — 185 million KGs of brewery grains are disposed in Ontario every year. Instead, if we took those spent grains and made food with it, we could feed every Ontarian two loaves of bread every week!

These brewery grains have twice the amount of fibre and protein compared to wheat. (That’s the reason it is used as animal feed.) Fibre is ideal for reducing cholesterol and is one of the whole grains listed on the Canadian food guide.

Thus my company, The Spent Goods Company, diverts and transforms food by-products like leftover brewery grains into food. Spent Good’s Beer Bread sourdough is healthier, reduces climate change as we divert those grains that would have contributed greenhouse gases, and is hyper local: Our wheat flour is sourced from Beeton, Ontario from K2 Milling and is certified organic.

Photo Credit: The Spent Goods Company

Our sourdough bread is brought to you by the collaboration of four Toronto businesses:

  • Henderson Brewing — provides the barley grains (and also makes money through the sale of Spent Goods products like Butter Beer Crisps to their taproom customers)
  • Drake Commissary — artisan bakery that incorporates the grains into delicious food
  • Karma Co-op — ensures it meets their high quality standards and stocks it
  • The Spent Goods Company — executing circular economy model

However, all this is immaterial if we didn’t have a good tasting product!

So if you haven’t had a chance yet, please visit Karma Co-op and try our non-GMO, 100% Halal, 100% vegan, Beer Bread. We believe you can do something about climate change (and your heart) on a daily basis, simply by eating our Beer Bread. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Dihan Chandra

Managing Director, @spentgoods

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Photo Credit: The Spent Goods Company