We waste a LOT of food, that is an understated and remarkably under appreciated fact. It seems that we, as a population in general believe that we waste less than the average and thus feel we are doing our part. New research suggests that we acknowledge food waste but 75% of Americans believe they waste less than the national average. This is a classic case of perception falling far short of reality and thus reinforcing this waste cycle.*
There are many ways to combat this and not wasting as much food in our own households can be a key. There is a new company in the markets called Re-Nuble that is taking food waste and turning it into nutrients for plants. We will be testing some of these products in our MicrogreenFarm operations and are excited about the prospects this may hold.
One of our initial products we endorsed, The Garden Tower (see illustration to the left) uses a vermicomposting housing in the middle of their vertical garden to allow the bio-conversion of food waste to nutrients in the growing media. This wonderfully simple and natural process will allow you to grow fresh produce that is nourished by food scraps.
It is great to take positive steps to address this incredible stream of waste. This is not the phenomena that we want to lead the world in, food waste is everybody's problem ...
* Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "Americans may be wasting more food than they think." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 June 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150610143626.htm>.
Urbafresh has accepted the challenge to bring fresh food prouction and supply to our urban centers through the use of innovative vertical farming installations.