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Insect Solution to Food Waste

Touch the Soil News #1267 (Feature photo – Common Cockroaches – USDA) Ever growing demand for natural resources is hitting a brick wall. When it comes to food waste, for example, the world can no longer just send it to the landfill. The massive amounts of nutrients in food waste can no longer be wasted. China, the world’s most populous nation is taking to cockroaches to eat the waste and then grind up the cockroaches for animal feed. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us more insight into how food waste is being stabilized: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Ugly Produce Movement

Touch the Soil News #1260 (Feature photo – Imperfect Food – GNU Free Doc License) Depending upon the source of the statistics, nearly 50 percent of all fresh fruits and produce become food waste before they are eaten. Out of this tragic reality, a movement to recapture foods from fields and other sources is working to get the ugly food on our dinner plates. Now, several years into the practice of saving ugly food, the practice may have some unintended side effects. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) takes us behind the scenes: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Is FoodMaven the Answer?

Touch the Soil News #1236 (Feature photo – FoodMaven Logo – Courtesy of FoodMaven Press Kit) FoodMaven has a vision to put into the supply chain much of the food that would otherwise go to waste due to the foods cosmetic appearance or even oversupplies that might be dumped. FoodMaven has received venture capital from a Walton family member and also Walter Robb, the former CEO of Whole Foods before Amazon took it over. You can learn more about the company here: https://foodmaven.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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What to do With 50 Tons of Food Waste a Day – Feed it to 1 Billion Cockroaches

Positive Future #333 (Feature photo – Cockroaches – CCA SA 4.0 International) Jinan, a city of almost 7 million people in China, produces 50 tons of food waste a day. They are running out of places to dump it. In a novel approach, the city has employed 1 billion cockroaches to eat the food waste. After the cockroaches multiply, eat and die, they become animal feed. You can read the full story here: https://inhabitat.com/in-china-a-billion-cockroaches-are-leading-the-fight-against-food-waste/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Who is Responsible for Food Waste?

Touch the Soil News #1172 (Feature photo – Food Waste – CCA 2.0 Generic) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) delves into what group of consumers waste the most food. Global food loss is estimated at one-third to one-half of all food produced globally. This occurs on the farm, through processing, loss at the retail level and finally food-waste at home/restaurant. The large scope of food waste has now become an international issue as the world tries to cope with declining sources of fresh water to raise food and loss of rainforests to add new farmland. What do you think? Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Is Food Waste a Chronic Problem of Capitalism?

Touch the Soil News #902 (Feature photo –- CCA SA 3.0 Unported) We have followed food waste for years. The interesting video below explains that around 40 percent of all food – from field to plate – goes to waste. For fresh fruits and vegetables, the percentage of loss is over 50 percent. The video blames food waste on the gears of capitalism. The problem is that we are patriotically tied to capitalism – and that is not all bad. However, it often does not allow us to question what we do. In that respect, food waste should make us question what we do. Better to question what we do…

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Tackling Food Waste on a Grand Scale

Touch the Soil News #746 (feature photo CC SA 2.0) California Safe Soil (CSS) is building a new food recycling factory in participation with KDC Agriculture (KDC) in the New York tri-state area. KDC has high hopes of eliminating food waste in America in five years – starting with supermarkets. The first facility in California processes 30,000 tons of waste. The New York facility will take in 60,000 tons of waste while generating 12 million gallons of farm fertilizer and 12 million pound of animal feed. Here is how KDC plans to make it work: KDC uses CSS patented processes that breaks down food waste. KDC provides bins to grocery…

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Systemic Food Waste – Mirror of the Free Market System?

Touch the Soil News #721(feature photo – CC SA 3.0) Food waste has become a chronic and systemic issue – particularly for fruits and vegetables. News about food-waste abounds and we are often left feeling guilty that somehow it is all our fault. While we can do things at the individual level, the video clip below reveals that it goes far beyond the household. At the forefront of wrestling with the issue, is the Natural Resources Defense Council. Here is the disturbing news: Fruits and Vegetables – 52 percent ultimately goes to waste and is not eaten Seafood – 50 percent ultimately goes to waste and is not eaten Grains-based…

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The Zombie Farm

Touch the Soil News #681 The definition of a zombie is a corpse that has been re-animated. The term was first used in 1819. However, the re-animation is not in the form of a normal person. So what might you ask does this have to do with food and agriculture? Imagine for a moment the wonderful foods we consume that the nation’s farmland and farms in other nations produce. The USDA estimates that up to 40 percent of the food supply goes to waste. So what happens when food goes to waste? Food waste is re-animated to produce methane – the third largest source of methane in the United States.…

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Wasteless – A Better Approach to Grocery Shopping

Touch the Soil News #677 Wasteless is a start-up tech company from Israel. It is re-inventing how grocery stores manage inventory (food), pricing and minimizing waste. The new technology is headed for America and other parts of the word. In the U.S., almost 50 percent of food from the farm field never gets into a consumer’s stomach. All along the food chain the waste takes place. The largest concentration of waste takes place in grocery stores. Modern grocers are inefficient when it comes to managing perishable and processed food. Estimates are that U.S. grocers lose a $1 billion a day in food losses. Wasteless is placing RFID chips on food…

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