How food innovators are finding ways to reduce food waste

Updated: May 12

Food Waste Call-to-Action

As the world population continues to rise, questions on how we will feed the population follow. According to the UN, to keep up with the influx of population growth, food production would have to increase by 70%. In the U.S., reforms are being proposed to the Biden administration to eliminate food loss and waste; the current plan calls for allocating $650 million annually on organic waste recycling and other food reduction strategies at least until the year 2030. Among the recommendations from the US Food Loss & Waste Policy Action's are investing in the infrastructure to prevent organic waste from entering landfills and incinerators and requiring a national date labeling standard.

To demonstrate how large of an issue food waste is, if it were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide, followed by China and the U.S..

Food waste is a major contributor to world hunger, an issue further exacerbated by the pandemic. Let's explore how food tech startups are finding creative solutions to prevent food waste.

Apps and Services

Too Good to Go is an app launched in 2016 from Copenhagen that serves as a marketplace for surplus food.

Too Good to Go is a market place that salvages food from retailers before it gets dumped as waste, and sells goods to users at a great discount. So far, the company has saved 50 million meals (65,000 businesses have sold on Too Good To Go) and 30 million people have used the service.

Imperfect Foods is a delivery service that customizes its packages to user preferences, however all items are salvaged from being sent to landfills.

Imperfect foods is a food delivery service that redistributes surplus, "flawed" groceries and items that would otherwise go to a landfill that are still good to eat. Their food rescuing mission is being noticed by venture capitalists.