Photos: Technology saving food waste

$750 billion in food is wasted worldwide every year

One-third of the world's food is thrown away every year, according the U.N. Startups are popping up all over the world to reroute food waste to charities and people in need so it doesn't end up in landfills.

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Lyndsey Gilpin is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She writes about the people behind some of tech's most creative innovations and in-depth features on innovation and sustainability.


I work at one warehouse of a large national wholesale grocery company. The amount of OS&D - Out of date, Scrap & Damaged food stuff we have to throw away is staggering. We have one utility person working full time along with a few who work a few hours on other shifts to stay ahead of it by sorting most red meat items into a rendering trailer for shipping to a rendering plant. At least that isn't wasted. Produce, juices, ice creme, other dairy, shellfish and most seafood are tossed into the dumpster. We ship out many items that aren't too badly damaged to a large food pantry co-op that redistributes to many smaller food pantries all around our area.

You'd think that at least the produce could be siloed somewhere, somehow for mulch.


poppig?? don't you mean popping