ALEX VILLENEUVE

FOUNDER, CERES SO­LU­TIONS

Canadian Living - - Make Over -

ALEX VILLENEUVE’S first child­hood mem­ory is of hoe­ing pota­toes in his par­ents’ “large, in­no­va­tive gar­den.” They in­spired him to ap­pre­ci­ate the work that goes into grow­ing and how waste can be reused. Now, at 21, his pas­sion is sus­tain­abil­ity. The culi­nary arts and brew­mas­ter stu­dent was shocked by the amount of waste in­volved in brew­ing craft beer. In­stead of send­ing spent grain to the land­fill, where it doesn’t biode­grade, he de­vel­oped a way to use it to grow oys­ter mush­rooms— which is how he dis­cov­ered it’s high in pro­tein. He started a sus­tain­able waste-re­moval com­pany, Ceres So­lu­tions, and is turn­ing the post-mush­room­grow­ing grain into live­stock feed. (He’s also sell­ing the mush­rooms to a whole­saler.) “I’m try­ing to stop see­ing waste,” he says, “and start see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Take a some­thing-from­noth­ing ap­proach. “Use veg­etable ends to make stock, then throw in left­overs such as rice, meat and veg­gies for a hearty soup.”

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