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February 20, 2017
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Smart Meters Detect Food Waste – 5 Good Food Ideas

1. Delivery Trucks Powered by Food WasteBritish supermarket Waitrose continues to tackle food waste in new and inventive ways. Last year, the grocery chain began selling ‘ugly produce’; now, it’s taking leftover food that cannot be donated and turning it into fuel for its truck fleet. Not only is the gas from food waste 35% cheaper than diesel (which is what the trucks typically run on), but it also emits 70% less carbon dioxide. They project that the new fuel could save the company $100,000 per truck over the truck’s lifetime. Continue Reading →

February 13, 2017
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The Future of Agriculture is Already Here – 5 Good Food Ideas

1. An Open Information Collective for Farmers: As costs increase and farmers become ever more reliant on agtech solutions, a social networking platform has emerged to help farmers share data and learn from each other in a fast changing business climate. The Farmers Business Network (FBN) is a farmer-to-farmer information network whose members share seed information, input pricing data, and agronomic analytics with their peers (the data is anonymized before it’s shared). Creating an open platform for this information enables farmers as a collective to learn what’s working and what isn’t. FBN also enables farmers to understand how they’re performing versus their peers and whether they are getting the best prices and most optimal yields. Furthermore, the network consolidates purchasing power so that farmers can buy inputs at a bulk rate much lower than what they could otherwise secure on their own. As of last summer, there were over 2,500 farmers using the platform. Continue Reading →

February 10, 2017
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Food Podcasts: Produce or Perish!

Produce or Perish! (What We Eat) (a16z)

Monks used to dip apples in beeswax so that they could enjoy the delicious fruit throughout the winter. Apeel Sciences is taking that simple yet creative food innovation to another level. In this podcast, the a16z team interviews James Rogers, the CEO of Apeel Sciences, a recent Andreessen Horowitz investment and one of the most exciting new food startups. Apeel uses materials science to transform perishable food into thin-barriers that protect produce from water loss and oxidation. The protective layers extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables by days or weeks; reducing food waste in the process. As Rogers puts it, “we use food to preserve food.” Continue Reading →

February 6, 2017
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The Future of Food is Black – 5 Good Food Ideas

1. Food Metrics Must be FixedPolicymakers, researchers, and citizens need more reliable information on the externalities of our food system, according to this essay, if we want to feed our population and protect our planet. According to the authors, a sustainable food system has the following attributes: it should deliver adequate nutrition to all people, regardless of race and income; it should not significantly damage our environment; and, it should provide equitable access to land and resources for all people. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative was launched to bring about a more holistic evaluation of our food system. Only by correctly valuing the impact of our food system can we hope to bring about sustainable change. Continue Reading →

February 1, 2017
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The Robin Hood Restaurant – 5 Good Food Ideas

1. Biodegradable Container Increases Produce Shelf LifeHazel Technologies has found a way to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables by one month. The startup uses a biodegradable capsule, called Fruitbite, which contains a simple hydrocarbon molecule that acts as an ethylene inhibitor to block the aging hormone in fruits and vegetables. Each nontoxic, biodegradable capsule can treat an entire produce truck and can be placed at grocery stores and food distribution warehouses. The startup received a $100,000 grant from USDA last year to help further develop the technology. Continue Reading →