Curated Session: Smart Technologies
Tackling Wasted Food with Smart Technology (1 CEU)
Monday, September 25, 2017
15:30 – 16:30
Moderator: Carol Adaire Jones, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.
Between 30–40% of food is wasted in countries throughout the world, which results in a tremendous loss of wasted resources, as well as of opportunities to feed hungry people. As a result, the UN established in 2015 a sustainable development goal of “halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains by 2030”. The U.S. has adopted this target for itself.
This is a very ambitious goal, given current technologies as well as the structure of the food and waste sector. However, much innovation is occurring in the application of information and communications technology (ICT) all along the food supply (and food/waste) chain. The adoption of these smart technologies is creating new economic opportunities to reduce food waste and increase food waste recycling back into the production as energy and nutrients following processing via composting or anaerobic digestion.
In this session, we will bring together speakers from organizations and companies representing new and innovative uses of smart technologies to reduce food waste. The session will follow the structure of the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy of reduction (preventing wasted food at the source), reuse (donating wasted food leftovers) and recycling (as energy or nutrient products following processing).