Innovation in this area is teeming currently, especially at UC Davis. The FDA’s food recovery hierarchy stipulates that excess food should first go to feeding hungry people, and if this solution is not available, then using the waste for industry and composting should redirect the food from the landfill. Researchers at UC Davis are developing exciting solutions throughout this chain, from recovering high value nutritional compounds from whey in cheese making to advancing microbial fuel cells that can transform organic wastes into renewable energy. The current levels of food waste throughout the system demand solutions at every level of the system--this work is vital in adding real value to what has previously been considered waste.
Novel Food Waste Recovery and Recycling Solutions
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