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.
If food waste were a country, it would place third – following the US and China – for impact on global warming.
Disruptive technology at its best, Apeel has been hailed as "the biggest revolution in food since refrigeration."
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.