Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The Third Good Food Summit Together with The Good Food Fund



SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute successfully held the Third Good Food Summit with The Good Food Fund of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation from 15th to 17thAugust 2019. Advocating “Zero Waste”, the Third Good Food Summit with the theme of “Into the 2020s” aimed to brainstorm on the necessary and inspiring solutions and actions for the food industry in the coming decade.

Mr. Eddy Jailani Ram, Managing Director of Hospitality at OCTAVE Institute welcomed all the participants of Good Food Summit including exceptional scholars and entrepreneurs from around the world and gave a keynote speech about the concept of “Low-carbon Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature” at SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute. A customized mindful culinary program curated by Mr. Paul Then, Executive Chef of SANGHA Retreat, along with resident nutritionist Ms. Gabrielle Luo using premium ingredients sourced from organic farms was also offered to guests to experience at the Summit.



The Zero Waste policy advocated by the Good Food Summit coincides with SANGHA Retreat’s pursuit of sustainable development and deep gratitude and respect for the resources taken from nature. From architectural and interior design to daily operations, SANGHA Retreat actively promotes sustainability through various creative and pragmatic practices. SANGHA Retreat’s long-term commitment to sustainable practices in daily operations include: instead of plastic bottled water, guests will be provided with purified water in reusable glass bottles; the leftover bath amenities in the guest rooms are reused in the laundry room; vegetable stems and roots are used to create juices or soups; used coffee grounds are used as organic fertiliser at the on-site Community Farm.

Key issues and topics discussed during the two-day summit include: how to achieve a plant-based diet; how to improve animal welfare; how to reduce food waste and plastic pollution; what we can do with food to achieve better public health and improve the environment as well as new trends in sustainable development in the global food industry.


About SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute

Located west of Shanghai on the outskirts of Suzhou, China, SANGHA Retreat combines Eastern philosophies backed by Western science to help people awaken to a life of greater purpose and personal wellbeing. With a focus on raising consciousness, it has been created for the needs of our time by visionary Fred Tsao, fourth-generation steward of a family business that started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906.


The 47-acre retreat, designed by Tsao & McKown, includes AT ONE guest suites; AT ONE Clinic, offering comprehensive wellness assessments and wellbeing programs; AT ONE Healing Spa with extensive spa treatment menu and hydrotherapy circuit; THOUGHT FOR FOOD restaurant; the Meditation Dome; and a seasonal schedule of fitness activities and mindfulness classes designed around the body’s circadian rhythm.

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