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Ministers to crackdown on food waste in summit with supermarkets

Ministers are to hold the first of a series of meetings aimed at helping food banks after pressure from MPs to address hunger in the UK, Coffee House understands.<p>Early in the New Year, the Cabinet Office and the department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will host a summit for all the big …

The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

Seattle-based startup WISErg puts its founders’ software development backgrounds to innovative use, addressing the massive issue of food waste with …

Half of world's food is thrown out, wasted: Study

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Agriculture

Ban sending leftover food to landfill, MPs say

A ban on sending leftover food to landfill and longer warranties for consumer goods are needed as part of efforts to end the "disposable society", MPs said on Thursday.<p>Lower VAT on recycled products could also help make the UK use resources more efficiently in the face of rising prices for raw …

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces – but what happens to the …

This British Supermarket Is Powering Stores With Food Waste

However, the second largest supermarket chain in the UK is salvaging something from the wreckage.<p>Sainsbury's has abandoned the practice of sending food waste to landfill.<p>Instead, their food waste will power selected stores. "It was the right thing to do, but also it was the right commercial thing …

Fertile Opportunity Awaits For Food Waste Processors

Globally speaking, the statistics on food waste are sobering, but in the United States they are downright shocking: the U.S. Department of Agriculture figures up to one-third of the available supply goes to waste.<p>Set aside, for a moment, the frightening ramifications this has in the face of world …

This Supermarket Runs on Rotting Food

The UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's is setting an example in sustainability by transforming its own food waste into energy. A store in Cannock, in central England, is now run entirely on electricity generated from its own recycled refuse, marking the first time a major retailer is not reliant on …

Food Waste is the World's Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for …

San Francisco closer to turning zero-waste ambition into reality

The trucks start rolling in before sunrise. Dozens of them, each tipping out tonnes of food waste, grass cuttings and foliage. A month from now this organic waste will leave here in the form of rich compost, as fine as sand.<p>Here, in Vacaville, an hour by road north of San Francisco, is an essential …

Bio-Tech Startup WISErg Raises $5M To Brings Its Food Waste Recycler To California

WISErg, a bio-tech company that recycles discarded food into organic fertilizer while harvesting data from the scraps, announced today that it has raised a Series B round of $5 million from private investors.<p>This brings the total WISErg has raised to $7.75 million and will allow the Redmond, …

Food Industry Alliance Publishes Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste

Today an alliance of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators announced the release of a toolkitto help businesses in the food sector …

World Bank Report Shows Almost a Third Of All Food Produced is Wasted

<i>Produce Photo from Shutterstock</i><p>According to the latest issue of the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch, the world loses or wastes one-quarter to …

World Bank

Manchester waste to energy plant could be bad news for food charity

It's 8am at New Smithfield Market in north Manchester, and as the city gears up for another day, traders at the North West's largest wholesale food market are starting to wind down. The trade customers have been and gone, leaving just a few members of the public to wander round the stalls, as …

Sustainability

11 Foods You Should Never Put In The Freezer

Whether it's keeping food in the refrigerator that doesn't belong there or putting the wrong things in the microwave, misconceptions about preparing and storing food are widespread. The result: Moldy onions, flavorless tomatoes and kitchen explosions, to name a few.<p>But the refrigerator and the …

Quarter of all 'avoidable waste food thrown away is untouched'

As much as one-quarter of the “avoidable waste” food that is thrown away by households in the UK is still “untouched”, analysis of waste figures shows. “Avoidable waste” is defined as food and drink thrown away that was edible at some point prior to disposal.<p>This habit of regularly throwing away …

The entrepreneurs turning their business savvy to food waste

As much as 40% of the food in the US is not consumed, according to a report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Much of it ends up in landfills as waste. In other words, Americans throw out about $165bn each year.<p>"That amount of money has to whet the appetite of a lot of creative …

Sustainability

How social enterprises are disrupting the food system

Our relationship with food is unsustainable. Fortunately, social enterprises are challenging the status quo, says Ilana Taub<p>• Tackling food poverty in Africa with social enterprise • Is the freedom bakery the new face of social enterprise? • Co-op farms could help tackle food crisis • Food sharing …

Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

The Windy City is turning into a hotbed of sustainable urban agriculture. Entrepreneur John Edel is transforming The Plant, a 1920s era meatpacking …

Tesco sparked debate on food waste

When Tesco published food waste data in October 2013, it wasn't surprised by the outcry in the media. The supermarket chain knew that revealing the amount of food it discarded would open it up to public scrutiny, but understood that was the price it had to pay to trigger a debate about an urgent …

Sustainability

Sustainable blog of the week: Wasted Food

<b>What compelled you to start writing Wasted Food?</b><p>I wanted to share my passion and findings on food waste. I knew I wanted to ultimately write a book on the topic, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to do that. Starting the blog was a way to move in that direction.<p><b>How involved were you in environmentalism</b> …

Live Q&A: innovative solutions to waste management

What will waste look like in the future and how well equipped are we to minimise its environmental impact?<p>According to the World Bank report What a waste, cities across the world currently generate roughly 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste per year. By 2025 we can expect this to have increased to …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

Kate Humble: we don't value food because it's not expensive enough

"I'm over here!" shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She's carrying a bucket. "I was just about to muck out," she announces, and I'm reminded this is a working farm in the Wye …

National Geographic Launches Robust Online Portal Exploring Future of Food, NatGeoFood.com – National Geographic Partners Press Room

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014)—Today, National Geographic launches a Web portal, NatGeoFood.com, dedicated to exploring issues surrounding how we eat today and how we can provide food for all as the world’s population grows and climate change impacts growing seasons and planting zones. NatGeoFood.com …

Food waste: the tip of the iceberg

If you can't see something, does that mean it's not a problem? Does that make it any less important or mean we don't need to do anything about it? <br>At FareShare we've been doing some maths. We know that the food industry in the UK produces 3.4m tons of waste every year before it even reaches your …

Food waste in restaurants: out of home, out of mind?

<b>Q. How many people leave food at the end of a 'meal out'?</b> <b><br>A. 27%</b><p>Research (pdf) we did for WRAP last year revealed that more than a quarter of respondents left food the last time they ate out. When asked generally about whether they were concerned about leaving food, close to three fifths said they …

Sustainability

Food waste challenge: our favourite articles, blogs, recipes, tips and comments

Throughout March, we focused on the issue of food waste. Our Dinner Doctor prescribed an array of remedies for leftovers, we took a look at projects tackling food waste around the world, and we challenged ourselves to save some of the 1.4 million edible bananas that are thrown away in the UK every …

Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

From plant factories fueled by the magenta glow of blue and red LED lights, to the 30-foot tall Ferris wheel for plants in Singapore, we've shown you the design possibilities for growing vegetables up instead of out.<p>But critics ask, what kind of stresses does that put on the plant? And how do you …

The Shocking Cost Of Food Waste

30 percent of the global food supply is wasted – the retail equivalent of $1 trillion of food <i>each year</i>, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN.<p>The FAO’s second video of their Food Wastage Footprint project explains that, in addition to the retail cost of food lost, another $700 …