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Jacqueline Baylon

19 February 2021

Kampala, Uganda

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A Ugandan company called TEXFAD is taking the stems from banana trees that would normally go to waste and is turning them into new textiles like rugs, place mats, and hair extensions. Over its eight year existence, TE...

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Lungelo Ndhlovu

15 February 2021

Gokwe, Zimbabwe

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A new dried fruit processing center in Zimbabwe has allowed farmers to turn their excess mangos into another product that can be sold to various markets around the world. The center serves more than 3,400 farmers and ...

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Matt Vasilogambros

16 December 2020

Alaska, United States

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Thirty states including Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and California legalized "the salvaging of roadkill" as a means of reducing food waste and supplying food-insecure families with meat. The coronavirus pandemic has hamp...

The Washington Post

Jessica Wolfrom

10 December 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Mason & Greens is a zero-waste store that reduces environmental impact by selling package-free items, from shampoo bars to organic produce. Dry goods and the wines, oils, and kombucha on tap are bought with reusable c...

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Debbie Weingarten

1 December 2020

Virginia, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fragility of the U.S. food supply chain, yet for indigenous led-operations there has been little interruption thanks to practices that rely on shorter supply chains that "work ...

Nigerian Tribune

Justice Nwafor

19 October 2020

Nigeria

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By using an agricultural technique that doesn’t use soil to grow crops, a farmer is upending the traditional farming practices in Nigeria and offering job opportunities to those who might otherwise be unemployed. Hydr...

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Michael J. Coren

12 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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What started as a small group of people taking pictures of waste in their communities and tagging it on Instagram with the hashtag #Litterati, turned into a global effort, and even an app, to map and dispose of trash....

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Agostino Petroni

9 October 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Favela Organica is a social enterprise that address food insecurity, increases access to healthy foods, and reduces waste. The founder, Tchelly, has provided free courses to around 30,000 people in Rio’s favelas, most...

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Colleen Stinchcombe

5 October 2020

Camas, Washington, United States

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A growing number of bug breeders in the United States are raising black soldier flies to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, land degradation, and food waste. The larvae can convert waste into fertilizer for crops, while...

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Kyla Mandel

23 September 2020

United States

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Companies around the world are investing in “food upcycling,” which involves turning food waste that would usually end up in a landfill into new edible products. In 2019, member companies of the Upcycled Food Associat...

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Thomas McMullan

14 September 2020

London, United Kingdom

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At St George the Martyr church in London, an initiative to offer food to people that would otherwise have been wasted is taking on new meaning due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “community fridge” starte...

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Morgane le Cam

24 August 2020

Obinze, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, shared solar refrigerators known as "ColdHubs" have allowed food producers and sellers to preserve their perishable goods and avoid throwing away many of their products. Throughout the region, 3,500 produc...

The Seattle Times

Scott Hanson

21 July 2020

Washington, United States

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When the economy came to a sudden halt with the onset of a global pandemic, farmers were left with produce meant for the restaurant industry while families who lost incomes struggled to put food on their tables. For o...

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Patrícia Monteiro

24 May 2020

Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rafael Duckur, an organic food producer in Brazil, started Pertim, a network of farmers working to help families in neighborhoods who can’t meet their basic needs. The group buys food lik...

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Emily Pontecorvo

14 May 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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The Do-Good Auto Coalition in northern New Jersey is recruiting car dealerships and automakers to help shuttle supplies and food to people experiencing economic hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The closing of r...

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Karine Vann

18 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The bulk food aisle in grocery stories - where dry goods are weighed and put in containers that consumers can bring from home - is getting more attention as tech solutions arise to revamp this shopping experience. Fro...

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Inbar Preiss

5 April 2020

Czech Republic

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Using cryptocurrency mining, technological innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking, Parallel Garden, a Czech-based initiative, is tackling unsustainable agricultural practices. The project seeks to increase local foo...

The Guardian

Rebecca Smithers

9 March 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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At Gail’s, a UK bakery chain, its new “Waste Not” line of food repurposes day-old food into new menu items, reducing waste in the process. By reusing resources, as part of the circular economy model, Gail’s minimizes ...

EarthBeat

Catherine M. Odell

25 February 2020

Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

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The University of Notre Dame installed three Grind2Energy systems, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste from the campus’ dining halls. The systems process the waste and send it to a local dairy farm where the...

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Jim Haddadin

19 February 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Food waste diverted from the landfill to anaerobic digesters can be used to create electricity. In Massachusetts, farmers and businesses participate in a waste-to-energy project in partnership with Vanguard Renewables...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Katherine Rapin

10 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To reduce food waste and address food insecurity on campus, Temple University students started a group messaging app to inform students about free extra food from events.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

4 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Monitoring spikes in ethylene allows produce distributors to reduce food waste. The Philadelphia based company, Strella Biotech, uses sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) to track when produce begins to emit ethyl...

New Haven Independent

Samantha Bashaw

5 December 2019

Hamden, Connecticut, United States

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To reduce food waste, a pilot project in Connecticut organized by a professor aims to deliver the still-viable thrown-out products to a local food pantry. With the help of her students, the project has successfully he...

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Allison Aubrey

30 November 2019

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, United States

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Food waste typically ends up on in landfills, which exacerbates climate change, but in Massachusettes, dairy farmers are converting the waste into electricity. Food waste from around the state is gathered, grinded and...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

26 November 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Finding alternatives for uneaten or imperfect food reduces waste. In Denver, multiple initiatives, ranging from the city’s Certifiably Green Denver program to tech startups and nonprofits, are working to tackle the pr...

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