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What could an upcycled food certification standard look like?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-24 Tue 15:12
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The Upcycled Food Association has published its first ever draft certification standard. It is also in the process of developing a food label for certified products, the UFAâs COO revealed.

Mushroom cultivation produces three times its weight in waste. It’s now being turned into burgers and fertiliser

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:37
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Cultivating mushrooms produces a lot of waste. For every kilogram of mushrooms produced, about three kilograms of soil-like material containing straw, manure and peat is left behind. In the EU, this results in more than 3 billion kilograms of waste per year. Managing this waste is a challenge. Although…

A Filipino student invents solar windows made from rotten vegetables

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:33
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Carvey Maigue of Mapua University has been shortlisted for the James Dyson Award 2020 for his system called AuREUS, a device that transforms rotten fruit and vegetables into clean, renewable electricity. His invention was among 1,800 entries from young inventors and design engineers from 27 countries…

Leftover Milk Could be the Key Ingredient for Carbon Capture Tech

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-19 Thu 12:17
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One elusive white whale in the fight against climate change has been carbon capture: tech that could scrub carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, but hasn’t yet been developed at scale.

The trick is finding the right material that can bind to carbon atoms released into the air. Now, scientists from Clarkson University say they’ve found the best one yet — waste milk.

The unpleasant-sounding research, which was published in the journal Advanced Sustainable Systems, could help us control carbon emissions — and prevent the food waste that contributes to them.

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Currently, dairy farms throw away 50 million gallons of perfectly-good surplus milk every year, according to a Clarkson press release on the study. Instead of pouring it down the drain, the scientists found milk to be a cheap source of activated carbons — the porous material that sticks to carbon — which are more environmentally friendly than other sources being explored.

Use your loaf: French bakery tackles food waste through 'upgraded ingredients'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-17 Tue 17:59
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French bakery La PanetiÃre des Hameaux has developed a cookie recipe that up-cycles stale bread. FoodNavigator hears more about this innovative approach to food waste.

Colombian biodegradable plates made from pineapples

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-13 Fri 11:03
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A company in Colombia is making eco-friendly plates out of the tops of old pineapples. Amazingly, these plates, made by Lifepack, contain seeds that can sprout in soil. The plates are Lifepack's latest effort to reduce plastic waste worldwide. The 12-year-old company also makes sandwich containers and…

Eco-friendly shoes made from pineapple husk for footwear sustainability

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:41
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There is a new, eco-friendly shoe collection from New Zealand, made from products like bamboo, algae, sugarcane and pineapple husk. Produced by Wellington-based start-up YY Nation, the new shoes aim to take sustainability in the footwear industry to a whole new level. Some call it a much-needed change…

Can we use Fish Waste as a Fertilizer for Plants?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 02:04
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Fish contains many nutrients such as ammonia which is good for plants growth. Now many farmers using Fish amino acid as a organic compound. It's good for all kinds of vegetables and flowers.

Recycled water proves fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-09 Mon 13:28
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In the driest state in the driest continent in the world, South Australian farmers are acutely aware of the impact of water shortages and drought. So, when it comes to irrigation, knowing which method works best is vital for sustainable crop development. Now, new research from the University of South…

Potential Waste Utilization of Banana

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-31 Sat 14:39
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Banana is one of the oldest tropical fruit of the world. It is also known as Adam’s fig, Apple of Paradise, Tree of wisdom, “Kalpataru” (a plant with virtue), Kera etc. Depending upon genomic constitution, botanical name of cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa paradisiaca (Musa acuminate*Musa balbisiana).

Australia: Recycled water proves fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:13
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In the driest state in the driest continent in the world, South Australian farmers are acutely aware of the impact of water shortages and drought. So, when it comes to irrigation, knowing which method works best is vital for sustainable crop development. Now, new research from the University of South…

Greencovery: Meet the start-up upcycling food side-streams into ingredients

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-21 Wed 17:19
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Dutch start-up Greencovery has developed technology that helps food manufacturers recover valuable compounds from their side-streams. The resulting âhigh qualityâ ingredients help the business offer an âattractive economical propositionâ that reduces CO₂ and water consumption, co-founder and commercial director Juan Cajiao tells FoodNavigator.

"From waste to source of income"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-15 Thu 12:45
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On 18 September, Alderman Albert Abee of the municipality of Westland presented the first copy of the brochure 'From waste to income source! Better use of horticultural waste of the world!' to vice governor Adri Bom-Lemstra of the province of South Holland. The brochure explains what is important when it comes to reusing…

The Farmlink Project is rescuing excess food from farms and giving it to communities in need

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 10:13
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Nonprofit startup the Farmlink Project has rescued and transported about 13 million pounds of food since April. “We get in touch with farms and form relationships, acquire surplus produce like dairy and eggs and transport it to different communities, food banks and demand centers around the United States,” said co-founder William Collier.

New product solves old plastic problem in the banana industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 12:40
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Banana importer AgroFair is fair trade certified. But the certification has no rules about what the company should do with the large amount of plastic waste it produces. AgroFair is aiming for sustainable production. The company is using a subsidy from the Fund for Responsible Business to set up local…

'Each year, we prevent the waste of 1,500 tons of fruit and vegetables'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-30 Wed 09:32
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Les Jardins de la Méditerranée/Imagine 84 is an association which was created in 2008 by the Ministry of Health as part of the operation “5 fruits and vegetables per day”. The action consists of recovering unsold produce from the fruit and vegetable sector in order to redistribute them to the…

Giving produce clamshells a second life by making them recycle-ready

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-30 Wed 09:32
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On the first day of the NABC/USHBC Virtual Conference and Expo, John Keeley of Highland Packaging, Rick Tomlinson of the California Strawberry Commission and Janis McIntosh of Naturipe Farms discussed the history and future of recycling in the produce industry. One of the main focuses of this session was…

Global contest launched for environmentally friendly solutions for pomegranate husks

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 09:43
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500Foods shared this story from FP.com. The Wonderful Company announced the launch of the Wonderful Innovation Challenge. Offering up to $1 million in funding and development resources to innovators, the competition seeks to discover economic and environmentally friendly pilot ready solutions for the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated…

The Wonderful Co. offers $1 million for pomegranate waste solution

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-28 Mon 20:20
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The Wonderful Co., Los Angeles, is offering up to $1 million for a solution to the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated each year for the production of Pom Wonderful juice.

ReFED, a nonprofit working to end food loss and waste, is an advisor and managing partner for the challenge, according to a news release. Dubbed the Wonderful Innovation Challenge, the program offers up to $1 million in funding and development resources for environmentally friendly solutions to the rind, pith and seeds left from the juicing process.

“The Wonderful Innovation Challenge was born out of our mission to continually push the boundaries of sustainability by embracing bold, innovative ideas,” Steve Swartz, vice president of strategy at The Wonderful Co., said in the release. “This competition will provide a select group of winners the resources they need to grow their business, make a positive impact, and help us fulfill our environmental mission.”

Registration is open through Dec. 7 to apply for the program, which has four review stages:

Submission of a short application with a proposal; Qualified applicants will submit a detailed plan; Semi-finalists will participate in a virtual interview; and Finalists will pitch their solutions virtually to judges.

What are the New Ways to Recycle Banana Plant Waste?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 10:04
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Oour farmers and small scale industries take up the ideas of reusing the banana byproduct, then it would not only earn them profit but also make a sustainable environment for all the living beings on the planet.

Wonky cauliflowers and broccoli help to power health snack revolution

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-15 Tue 08:14
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The launch of a new cauliflower crisp is the latest in a line of healthier snacks, using what are known as ‘ugly’ vegetables. Clare Johnston discovered how demand for nutritious and eco-friendly food options is helping Scotland’s farmers build a sustainable future. Just seven years ago, as much as 40% of…

Upcycled food movement gains momentum

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-14 Mon 10:39
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Roughly 30 to 40 percent of food produced is wasted and that’s a big problem for society and the planet due to unnecessary resource use, failure to feed hungry people, and harmful greenhouse gases emitted as unused food rots in landfill. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Office, food…

Turning pineapple leaves into aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:07
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Although pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, and are considered one of the most important fruits in the world, the harvesting of this delicious and healthy fruit results in tons of pineapple leaves waste. Left to rot or burning it, this waste can release harmful chemicals and…

How fresh produce waste is being turned into gut health fibre supplement

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-08 Wed 11:39
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A Queensland based food innovation company has produced a new health product, made mostly from discarded fruit and vegetables, which is being released. Natural Evolution has created an Australian first 3 in 1 Multifibre, called GUTHEALTH+, a synbiotic blend of prebiotics and probiotics, which supports,…