How turning farm food waste into vegetarian snacks could help reduce global emissions

How turning farm food waste into vegetarian snacks could help reduce global emissions

The global problem of food waste continues to grow, but smart technology developed in Australia could significantly reduce the problem from farm to farm.

It is estimated that a quarter of all food grown never leaves the farm, and up to 40 percent of what comes home from the supermarket often rots.

A 2021 United Nations report said that if food waste were a country, it would rank just behind the US and China as the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gases.

In fact, 31 percent of all food grown worldwide goes uneaten, and disposing of food in landfills releases tons of greenhouse gases that account for nearly 10 percent of total global emissions.

Australia aims to cut food waste in half by 2030, but everyone from farm gates to homes is being asked to cut waste significantly.

Process vegetables into powder

Start-up Nutri V partners with CSIRO to turn vegetable scraps into healthy snacks.

About 25 percent of the vegetables on farms are wasted.(Included in delivery: Fresh Select)

With the help of the CSIRO, the company developed a processing system that is now operated on the farm of its parent company Fresh Select, one of Australia’s largest cabbage growers and supplier of Coles.

Broccoli, squashes and cauliflower that don’t meet supermarket specifications are picked and sorted in the morning, then washed, dried into powder and made into a vegetarian snack in the afternoon.

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