Food waste is a growing, worldwide problem. The necessity to throw out food that has expired or gone bad is not only bad for the bottom line but also deprives the poor of much-needed sustenance.
From leftover food to old kitchen supplies and packaging, the food industry produces a lot of waste. Restaurants, fast-food chains, and bars will save considerable amounts of waste disposal costs if they focus on reducing the amount of food they waste and increasing their recycling.
With the growing problem of food waste and how to reduce it, many companies are using food waste to make sustainable food products. Upcycled food is food that would go to landfills.
The Dole Company is one of the biggest growers of bananas and pineapples on the planet. However, it is also one of the biggest generators of food waste.
The idea of using food waste as fertilizer is not new by any stretch of the imagination. People have been composting for centuries, and it's been one of the ways we introduce nutrients back into the soil.
Prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, concerns were already mounting over the amount of food waste produced by the United States. With the continuing spread of the virus, concerns over food security are ongoing.
As Fast Company reports, Vermont has become the first state to "ban" food waste. Henceforth, residents and businesses will be required to put things like apple cores, potato peelings, and any spoiled food into separate bins that will be picked up periodically from the curb.
The need for swift action to adapt to climate change is undeniable - day after day, experts warn of the devastating effects that rising temperatures across the globe are having on the world oceans,the weather, and the food security of millions of people. To add to the toll to the environment, a third of the world's food production goes to waste, while "hundreds of millions" go hungry.
We all need to eat, but there is a prodigious amount of waste associated with traditional farming. From the massive amount of land and water it uses, to the pesticides it requires, to harvesting and transporting, it's not exactly what someone would call efficient.
If there's anything we know about pizza boxes, it's that they're square, and they contain a delicious round meal. However, if you're into recycling, then you also know that the grease spots, cheese stains, and sauce spills make pizza boxes nearly impossible to recycle, as the food waste contaminates the process.