Fabricio Goulart is a Brazilian chef/entrepreneur who is passionate about reimagining food production to create less food waste.
He has combined his background in food services, IT and business to launch Feitosa Foodtech, a business which produces a range of food products derived from every part of discarded bananas. Feitosa Foodtech depends on technology during all stages of the food production process: farming, producing banana-based products, creating the packaging labels, and communicating with farmers and customers.
Feitosa Foodtech won the 2019-20 TFF x FLAG Circular Economy Prize awarded by Thought for Food and Food Lab Accelerator at Google (FLAG) for companies focused on reducing food waste while increasing sustainable food production.
“I’m Black and I have had a lot of challenges in my life. But I’m winning day by day. When some people say ‘You can’t do it’, I say ‘I can’. Because I’m the guide of my life. That’s why I need to say to other [Black people] ‘If you want to study, go ahead and study. You just need to focus. Nobody has the right to say you can’t do this. We can.’ That’s why I’m feeding my mind and body with this kind of code and energy. I can do whatever I want.”
- Find your passion and combine it with your knowledge and skills.
- Become comfortable working with people who are different than you.
- Treat the people you work with respectful and listen to their perspectives and ideas.