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How Italian start-up MyFoody is helping reduce food waste

How Italian start-up MyFoody is helping reduce food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Exactly how much food do we waste? The numbers of official statistics are so high that they’re hard t
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Young brigade vows to keep Mysore spic and span - Times of India

Young brigade vows to keep Mysore spic and span - Times of India | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Young brigade vows to keep Mysore spic and span
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... efforts in creating awareness among youth. MCC chief P G Ramesh called upon new members to join hands with them in keeping the city clean.
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Congratulations.....and yes Mysore and Banglore i will be there in few months down the line...wanna be a part of the sky which will be spic and span in the coming days

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"Futuristic" logistics helps Ocado deliver "near zero" food waste

"Futuristic" logistics helps Ocado deliver "near zero" food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Online grocer Ocado has reported that advanced technology and processes at its "futuristic" warehouses have helped cut down its total food waste figure to 0.02%.
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Researchers improve method to convert food waste into biofuels | Biomassmagazine.com

Researchers improve method to convert food waste into biofuels | Biomassmagazine.com | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels using a process that features catalysts and hydrothermal liquefaction.
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Marks and Spencer starts hiding complimentary biscuits under the counter to cut food waste

Marks and Spencer starts hiding complimentary biscuits under the counter to cut food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Marks and Spencer has caused outrage by hiding complimentary biscuits under the counter, with bosses claiming too many were being thrown away. Customers will now need to ask for their biscuit when ordering a hot drink in the cafe.
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Kerb to Compost - what to do with your food waste!

Food scraps, coffee grounds and leftovers can now be included in green lid bins throughout Moonee Valley, so we can turn it into compost
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Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas News No. 15 UK Food Waste Irish AD and More

Go To: https://anaerobic-digestion.com/iadab15 The IPPTS Associates Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas News Edition 15 intro video with news titbits covering U
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How to Avoid Food Waste in the Landfill and Easily Compost (Fifteen Minutes for the Environment)

This video is all about how to stop food waste from going to a landfill. Composting doesn't have to be hard or even very involved, but it's so important
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Tackling Food Waste With Five Leaders in Sustainability

In this reel, we visit five communities doing their part to protect our planet for generations to come. We meet the group fighting food waste in Lo
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Food Waste In America

You may have been forced to eat your veggies when you were growing up, when you would rather have thrown them away. I took a look an Arizona food bank tha
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Food Waste

Do you want to reduce food waste in your company? eSmiley FoodWaste is the answer for you! Watch "Film Flora og Jens fin" to know more!
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Kids Issue 2018: Food waste

Kids Issue 2018: Food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it
"Eat it up or when you’re through, compost it or give it to someone new!"
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Veolia transforms agri-food waste into chemical molecules

Veolia transforms agri-food waste into chemical molecules | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Discover Move2Chem, the project Veolia is aiming to transform agri-food waste into chemical molecules. A big step forward for plant chemistry.
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New food waste champions will help us cut down on throwing out

New food waste champions will help us cut down on throwing out | Waste Management | Scoop.it
OXFORD is to get a new team of food waste champions who will help residents cut down on throwing away.
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Steel packaging as a way to reduce food waste

Steel packaging as a way to reduce food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it
The recent statistics on food waste seem surprising, even shocking. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year never reaches our plates. That represents approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food (UN FAO, 2018). Each year, this amount would in fact suffice to feed 3 billion people, which is four times more than the number of people suffering from undernourishment on this planet (UN FAO, 2018).
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Unnecessary 'Ugly' Food Waste Highlighted Through Beautiful Photos

Photographer Sarah Phillips has been fighting against unnecessary food waste with beautiful photos.
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How flies and maggots are being bred to eat your food waste and keep Singapore clean

How flies and maggots are being bred to eat your food waste and keep Singapore clean | Waste Management | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE: Imagine a packet of char kway teow which has seen better days. It’s a gloomy colour and is literally crawling. There are maggots devouring what is a perennial Singapore dish. 

The messy result of this invasion resembles some kind of scientific experiment. And actually that is precisely what it is. 

A research team at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is digging into some of the country’s biggest challenges – food security and wastage – by taking a novel approach involving black soldier flies and their larvae. 

Black soldier flies are not a typical pesky type of insect buzzing around garbage and spreading germs as one might expect. They are clean and helpful when it comes to eradicating waste and will be mobilised on the front line of keeping Singapore spotless by helping decompose food, and acting as feed themselves. 

“The adults are not carriers of diseases, they don’t bite, they’re harmless, I actually think they’re pretty cute, but that’s just me,” said Assistant Professor Nalini Puniamoorthy from the NUS Department of Biological Sciences.




According to the National Environment Agency, nearly 800,000 tonnes of food was wasted in Singapore in 2016, a figure that has been on the rise. The vast majority of it is not recycled. 

“Imagine going to a food court, ordering a bowl of fish ball noodles or bak chor mee, and then throwing it right out. Every day. So that’s the level of food waste that we’re talking about,” Asst Prof Puniamoorthy said. 

The NUS team is using research and development to not only better understand the functions and fundamental biology of the black soldier fly, but modify its behaviour to better suit the country’s urban space.

 

“Nature often times has the best engineering solutions,” said Professor Rudolf Meier from the same research team, explaining how flies can actually deal with food waste. 

“These particular black soldier flies, they don’t feed as adults, so all they do is they mate, they lay eggs, and then the larvae will feed,” he said. 

“So you have a small facility where you breed the flies and where they’re laying the eggs, that’s a secure facility. And then you use the eggs for the recycling, the maggots come out, they feed on the food and then you kill them.”

“They eat just about anything actually. It’s a bit scary, you can put in anything and they will convert it into feed.” That includes the plate of char kway teow placed by one of Prof Meier’s colleagues, as well as other organic food waste the team is trialling. 

The goal is to make the flies breed as quickly and efficiently as possible and increase the number of maggots, which act as insect vacuum cleaners on any type of food needed to be dispensed with. The maggots themselves can then be fed to chicken or fish in Singapore’s small farm operations. 

“What we’re trying to do is select traits that make them efficient decomposers in the Singaporean context,” Asst Prof Puniamoorthy said. 

“You would think it’s meddling with nature but this actually occurs in nature. It’s not necessarily completely altering nature, it’s tweaking it here and there.”

 

"FARM TO TABLE"

Away from the laboratories buzzing with hundreds of “romantic” flies and their crawling offspring, the experiment is being rolled out for real at Citizen Farm in Queenstown. 

The expansive 7,000 square metre green space is surrounded by Singapore’s high rises on land formerly occupied by a prison, Jalan Penjara, and is an area that has been transformed from a dilapidated space to a functioning urban farm. 

Citizen Farm grows a variety of leafy and micro greens, edible flowers, mushrooms and insects, driven by the increasingly popular concept of “farm to table”. Most of its customers are high-end restaurants looking to prepare sustainable and locally sourced produce to their customers in Singapore.




“We wanted to use this as a test bed to see how an urban farm can be integrated into Singapore so that when this is a successful model we can replicate it all over Jurong or even Kranji, and even in the Bukit Timah area,” said the farm’s head Darren Ho. 

“We have a commercial agenda. Our main source of revenue is to grow the crops and to sell the crops, whether to restaurants or consumers. But our social pillar is also very strong. We are able to rebuild that relationship between the food and the people, which is very lacking today in Singapore’s society.” 

The compost the farm uses to grow its vegetables is generated with the help of the black soldier fly larvae. Ho explains that food waste like brewery grains and coffee grounds from other companies is collected each week instead of being thrown away. It can then be broken down and transformed into fertiliser.

 

It is all part of an effort to make Singaporeans more aware of the source of their food and make the country more self-sufficient when it comes to feeding the population. 

“It’s quite amazing how reliant we are on our political friendship with our neighbouring countries. That’s where most of our food comes from, without which I think we will be eating grass,” he said. 

“Urban farming provides that backdrop to be a self-sufficient city. Sure we may not be able to grow a lot of protein like pigs or cattle or chicken in the city, but there’s insects to think about. Sure we may not be able to grow fruits, but we have flowers that provide the nutrients similar to fruits.

“At the end of the day, we are still in early stages of this but I believe that in the coming years, a lot more answers will surface.”




The NUS team is looking to further optimise the agricultural processes around the black soldier fly to create what they call a closed-loop system. That essentially means recycling waste to produce more food in Singapore, negating the need to use energy to destroy it or the cost and logistics of imports. 

The research and development is specifically looking at efficiency in a highly urbanised environment where agricultural manpower and space is lacking. But there are lessons that can be shared with other countries within Southeast Asia too, Prof Meier says. 

“Singapore is highly relevant to all the urban centres all over the world, because once you move into a city with millions of citizens you also have space problems. That applies to vertical farming, it also applies to what we’re doing with black soldier flies,” he said. 

And whether that means more people will be eating insects in the future, just like the ones being bred in the lab, he thinks it is actually likely. 

“It is very clean food. It’s free of the bacteria that we normally would have to be worried about,” he said, adding a little reluctantly that “he’s not a big fan of eating insects”. 

“Some people get a kick out of it. But not me.”


For more on this and other projects around Southeast Asia, tune in to Tapestry: The Heart of ASEAN on Channel NewsAsia every Tuesday from Feb 27 to Mar 27 at 11pm.
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5th Cross-visit on eco-innovations vs food waste

5th Cross-visit on eco-innovations vs food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Actions to prevent food waste in public & private sector will be introduced as well as regional call for proposals on food waste reduction and circular economy.
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Food Waste

Path HW #1 for ESPM 1011 at the University of Minnesota References 1. Chandler, A. Why Americans Lead the World in Food Waste. The Atlantic. [Online] 201
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10 Hacks to REDUCE FOOD WASTE & Save Money | Joanna Soh

SUBSCRIBE for new videos every week: https://www.youtube.com/user/joannasohofficial Roughly 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption
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DAY IN THE LIFE - SICKNESS, FOOD WASTE & WORLD BOOK DAY

When a fun filled day becomes a wash out of sickness and bad weather. Thats parenting eh? You think you have plans then it all goes pear shaped. Oh well
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Food waste bin liners in Torfaen could be scrapped for £35k saving

Food waste bin liners in Torfaen could be scrapped for £35k saving | Waste Management | Scoop.it
PLANS to scrap food waste caddy liners will be further reviewed by Torfaen council’s cabinet at their next meeting.
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Software aims to reduce food waste by helping those in need - News Service - Iowa State University

Software aims to reduce food waste by helping those in need - News Service - Iowa State University | Waste Management | Scoop.it
An Iowa State University research team is testing a new online tool to provide food to those in need by reducing food waste.
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Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion Benefits - The Top 5

View: https://anaerobic-digestion.com/food-waste-anaerobic-digestion/ Food waste anaerobic digestion is supported by government policies in a number o
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From farm to fridge to garbage can: Why food waste matters and what you can do about it | Wellness | dailyuw.com

From farm to fridge to garbage can: Why food waste matters and what you can do about it | Wellness | dailyuw.com | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Imagine your weekly trip to the grocery store. You pick out what you will need for the week and pay for your items. On your way out the door, you
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Younger generation urged to freeze bread to cut down on food waste

Younger generation urged to freeze bread to cut down on food waste | Waste Management | Scoop.it

The average person throws out more than half a loaf of bread every month, Love Food Hate Waste found.
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Food Waste: A Fresh Business Angle for Earth Day Stories

Food Waste: A Fresh Business Angle for Earth Day Stories | Waste Management | Scoop.it
Farmers, grocer stores and consumers waste billions of pounds of food each year. Here's how to cover the economic impact of food waste.
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