Food Waste Hackathon 2014 winners

Congratulations to Team Cozy (Viktoria Cermanova, Nicolas Durish, Michel Wojitas, and Gabriel Pothier-Maudsley) for their winning entry at this weekend’s Student Food Waste Hackathon at the University of Guelph!

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This team developed a proposal and supporting software for a “Smartbin” system  to “collect organic food materials and weigh the amount of food waste, then calculate the amount of money lost individually and the financial loss for the school.”

We are hopeful that this and other innovative contest entries can be further developed to help address food waste at the University of Guelph and on other university campuses.

For more info about the Hackathon: https://www.uoguelph.ca/foodinstitute/event/student-food-waste-hackathon-feeding-nine-billion-challenge

For more photos and updates on this event: https://twitter.com/hashtag/foodhack14

Leftovers cookbook

The City & County of Honolulu has published a cookbook for reducing food waste as a part of their “Food: Too Good to Waste” campaign. The guide also contains useful tips for preventing food spoilage. Learn how to cook Broccoli Stalk Soup and Mint Chimichurri from leftovers here:

http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/pdfs/Food_Too_Good_to_Waste.pdf

“Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”

“The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in
Southeast Asia, up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s. This means there was
once a time when we wasted far less, and we can get back there again.”

Dana Gunders’ “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill” provides an extensive overview of American food waste. This Natural Resources Defense Council report from 2012 can be found here:

http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf

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Food waste in Metro Vancouver

We (Kate Parizeau and Mike von Massow) attended a series of meetings on food waste hosted by the Metro Vancouver regional government earlier this summer. Metro Van has been very active in working to reduce food waste, including banning the final disposal of organic waste at landfills and transfer stations as of 2015. Presentations from the Regional Food System Roundtable (June 19, 2014) can be found here:

http://www.metrovancouver.org/planning/development/AgricultureAndFood/Pages/RegionalFoodSystemStrategy.aspx