Sustainability Problem: Waste management – 40% of US food supply ends up in the trash.
Technology: Providing data, transparency, and hardware for “upcycling” or reducing food waste. These types of products can include those that link wholesalers with food that may go to waste soon with restaurants at a significant discount OR provide hardware or services to generate fertilizer, animal feed, or human food from food waste. More and more startups are emerging that create new products out of food waste, such as Back to the Roots which sells mushroom kits made from used coffee grounds and Wtrmln Wtr which sells watermelon juice made from melons which were un-sellable in grocery stores.
Stakeholders: Consumers, Manufacturers, Grocers, Farmers, Wholesalers, Restaurants
Implementation: (1) Identify points of major food waste (from manufacturers, grocers, consumers, etc. and analyze data to understand and prioritize biggest areas of waste to focus (2) Partner with providers and consumers of identified area of food waste to pilot process and technology for one location (3) Scale with existing partners to additional locations or manufacturing plants
class june 16, 2016 – uni mst2135
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[…] to the infographic pictured, the US losses almost one billion dollars in food waste per year. This waste totals up to over 141 trillion calories, which could be used to feed people in need, supply feed to livestock, and create usable fertilizer […]