In a society that equates beauty with quality, the perception that blemished produce is less desirable than its perfect peers contributes to 1.3 billion tons of wasted food a year globally. Researchers are looking at the potential solutions.
The investment will allow redistribution organisations in England to bid into a £5 million pot to help them overcome the financial barrier to redistributing surplus food which is currently going to waste.
Restaurants in Austin, Texas, will no longer be allowed to throw out food waste. Businesses can dispose of their food waste by donating extra food, giving scraps to local farms for animals, or composting.
Global food waste is expected to increase by a third by 2030 if no action is taken, reaching a whopping total of 66 tons of food wasted per second.
If food waste were a country, it would place third – following the US and China – for impact on global warming.
The Agraloop Bio-Refinery is capable of turning food waste such as banana peels, pineapple leaves and hemp stalks into natural fiber that can be woven into clothing.
The European Parliament backed a law urging member states to halve food waste by 2030, requiring them to report food waste levels yearly from 2020 and provide incentives for collecting and redistributing unsold food.
New charity is installing vending machines with food and items like socks for the homeless in the United Kingdom.
In 2016, the country became the first globally to require supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, and for restaurants to provide doggy bags when requested, or be subject to fines.
In a report entitled The Urban Bio-Loop a company proposes to transform food waste into low-cost and eco-friendly materials.