I have expressed my concerns regarding food waste, thus praise innovative solutions to reducing America’s food waste – the last time was LeanPath and their leader Andrew Shakman back in 2015. Today I would like to address the successful trends in the food-waste diversion industry.
An innovative solution that is gaining momentum is known as food-waste diversion, converting what is considered waste (e.g., spent grain the byproduct of brewing beer, juice pulp, ugly fruit, etc.) into viable food products (e.g., snacks, jams, etc.). ReFED, a non-profit coalition recently released some food-waste diversion data which revealed that only 11 companies existed in 2011; currently there are 64 established companies. Overall these enterprises have diverted thousands of pounds of waste that normally goes to landfills, a major source of greenhouse emissions. Note: It is estimated that 63 million tons of food are wasted per year in the U.S.
Food-waste (a.k.a. garbage) diversion is a starting point. Do you have any innovative food waste stories to share?
I don’t have a personal story, but I did run across this story on the BBC about Nifties, a supermarket in Britain that takes on close to code products and sells them at a deep discount. This guy is a force of nature: https://www.facebook.com/bbcer/videos/10154881259810659/?pnref=story