Technology to counter food waste

flash food allows big-box stores to sell foods that are about to expire for half price.

In the Greater Moncton area, four participating grocery stores offer consumers some of their products on the Flashfood app.

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In addition to saving money, Flashfood c’est que ça prévient le gaspillage dans les chaînes d’alimentation, donc ça m’avait interpellée”,”text”:”un des aspects de Flashfood c’est que ça prévient le gaspillage dans les chaînes d’alimentation, donc ça m’avait interpellée”}}”>one aspect of flash food is that it prevents waste in food chains, so it struck mesays the resident of the Greater Moncton area, which has four participating grocery stores on the platform.

Marie-Renée quickly became a ambassadorshe said jokingly. : arrête d’en parler à tout le monde, à un moment donné on ne sera plus capable de rien avoir.”,”text”:”J’en parlais à tout le monde. […] Mon conjoint me dit: arrête d’en parler à tout le monde, à un moment donné on ne sera plus capable de rien avoir.”}}”>I told everyone about it. […] My partner says to me: stop talking about it to everyone, at some point we won’t be able to have anything.

She is always surprised to see an abundant variety of foods that she thinks are of very good quality.

Marie-Renée Duguay first registered on the Flashfood platform out of ecological concern.

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These are often the most interesting products, such as organic vegetables. They are more expensive [en magasin]then people buy less. »

A quote from Marie-Renee Duguay

It thus contradicts those who think that cheaper products are necessarily less good. I am really satisfied with the quality of what I receiveshe argues.

Marie-Renée Duguay got this case of bananas sold on the Flashfood application for only $5.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Courtesy: Marie-Renée Duguay

And if the quantities are too large – as was the case with the case of bananas she recently bought – she suggests freezing them or, even better, sharing them with those around you. It’s so worth itshe points out.

Technological innovations to counter food waste

Chinova company Bioworksbased in Fredericton, was founded in 2016. It was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Innovative Technologies component of the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, launched by the federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food. in November 2020.

Natasha Dhayagude is co-founder of Fredericton-based Chineva Bioworks.

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The young company Chinova Bioworksit specializes in the manufacture of preservatives suitable for a variety of food products, such as drinks, sauces, dips and plant-based foods.

In some cases, they can double the shelf life of products.

jours. Ce que nous avons observé, c’est que nous sommes en mesure de prolonger ce délai jusqu’à 60jours”,”text”:”En général, le délai de péremption des produits faits à base de plantes est de 30jours. Ce que nous avons observé, c’est que nous sommes en mesure de prolonger ce délai jusqu’à 60jours”}}”>In general, the shelf life of herbal products is 30 days. What we have observed is that we are able to extend this period up to 60 daysexplains its co-founder and CEO, Natasha Dhayagude.

And because we extend the life of food, ultimately, it reduces food waste. »

A quote from Natasha Dhayagude, co-founder and CEO of Chinova Bioworks

The natural agent developed by the company – a substitute for artificial preservatives – comes from the roots of white mushrooms. The company works with farmers who provide them with these roots which they would otherwise have discarded.

With $1.5 million in funding from the federal Sustainable Development Technology Canada Foundation, Chinova Bioworks will soon be able to quantify the reduction in food waste that is due to its innovation.

In Canada, it is estimated that about half of the food supply is wasted.

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The money will also be used to measure the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

téléphones cellulaires”,”text”:”En ce moment, nos résultats démontrent que chaque kilogramme vendu de notre agent de conservation permet de diminuer l’équivalent de ce que produisent 5500téléphones cellulaires”}}”>At the moment, our results show that each kilogram sold of our preservative reduces the equivalent of what 5500 cell phones produce.says Natasha Dhayagude as an example.

Other companies in the Maritimes have also stood out for their unique approach to reducing the amount of food waste.

This is the case of the Nova Scotia box Outcast Upcycled Nutrition, which earned a place among the finalists in the “business model” category. The company has developed a way to recycle unwanted fruits and vegetables by turning them into vegan nutritious powder.

In Canada, it is estimated that approximately half of the food supply is wasted annually. It would nevertheless be possible to avoid the waste of about 50 billion dollars in food, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

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