Challenges

RETHINK FOOD WASTE

PROBLEM WITH FOOD WASTE

Global food waste is a far-reaching problem with tremendous financial, ethical and environmental costs. The causes range from bumpy roads to overly-selective customers. Regardless of cause, we can all pitch in to combat this global issue. Reducing food wastage brings a ton of benefits. Considering how much food goes to waste, imagine how much everyone can save in their food expenses. Significant reasons why food waste should be lessened are financial and environmental impact, energy and resource conservation. The logic is quite simple really, less food waste better quality of life. As well as reducing pollution emitted by wasted food, lots of energy and resources are also conserved in the process. From growing crops, manufacturing, transportation, and selling of food. All of these processes consume energy and resources. When there’s less demand for food production, fewer resources are needed. And when fewer resources and energy are used, more is saved for future generations to use.

With a problem as big as food waste, the good news is that there are so many different ways to intervene and help. It’s actually really a collection of smaller problems and it sort of bookmarks the food supply chain with the most food going to waste either at the farm or at the consumer level.

 

RETHINK FOOD WASTE and CO-FACTORY CENTER

In the Rethink Food waste project, we will endeavor to use the excess foods rather than discarding them, using them and generate secondary products from. A large part of the crop produced by locals is discarded in the case of non-sale. We want to bounce in here with our idea. According to a carefully defined methodology, we will create a way of cooperation that will enable us to buy an excess and unused crop, and will allow the locals to use at least some of these crops that they would otherwise discard. It would be processed into secondary products that would be sold further. By doing this, we will implement good practice in order to reduce the amount of discarded food, while at the same time we will also enable the preservation and creation of new jobs for people from vulnerable groups.

The Co-Factory Center represents a change in the field of local self-sufficiency. In the first place we will present the prototype of the processing center to local users with whom we want to participate. With the results that will prove during the test period, we will try to get closer to a wider circle of users who have a problem with excess food (shops, restaurants, schools, kindergartens ...). The next step will be to extend the services to as many local communities as possible. Products will then need to be properly marketed, found by potential consumers and adapted to the needs of self-sufficiency. Our key goal is to establish cooperation between companies in the urban environment and local farmers who are the main source in food chain cycle.  The purpose of such integration is to reduce waste and to increase food self-sufficiency.

With co-factory center against food waste we want to reach easy, environmentally and economically viable alternatives to waste less food. The co-factory center could connect local farmers, restaurant owners and individual consumers in this. Many foods, which are simply not available for sale due to the form, are still useful and people do not know where to go with it or simply do not find time to address this problem. Such local co-factory center would solve the whole matter. By purchasing some suitable appliances, it could serve as a processing center where food waste can be turned in to new products. Education of locals could be used in the same co-factory center to increase self-care and raise awareness about a better quality of life. By doing so, we will contribute to increase the visibility of the various options of self-sufficiency of the local population and to spread awareness of the importance of socially responsible practices.

Our goal is to reduce the amount of local food waste by making people as self-sustaining as possible. We will promote trade in goods and the quality of domestic products.

In order to create a supportive environment in which each individual can contribute to solving ecological and social problems as well, we will help to create the development of sustainable solutions in the field of self-sufficiency. If we succeed in bringing our beliefs and activities first to selected individuals, we can later expand our services to local communities, larger companies. It is important that local food producers connect with local consumers, who both would be our users.

POINTS OF STRENGTH ARE…

  • Established location of the solid waste management centre
  • Regular waste collection
  • Conducting strong awareness and training programmes
  • Accelerate production
  • Contribute to reduction in waste
  • Healthy population

 

OPPORTUNITIES ARE…

  • Public interest in sustainability
  • Finding local solutions for food-waste problems
  • Awareness of local food self-sufficiency
  • Production and processing of home-made quality food
  • Goverments promoting zero waste/landfill diversion
  • Grow jobs

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Laura Scherer
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  • Hi Alenka! This sounds like and interesting concept! You mentioned that the organic wastes “would be processed into secondary products that would be sold further”. What kind of products?

    Alenka Lipic
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  • Let's start with fruit. The vast majority of customers still buy with the eyes. If the fruit is not all beautiful and shiny, it does not land in a shopping bag. And the trader discards such products as waste, although there is nothing wrong with the product as such. This can only be for abrasion, tingling or scabies, some even sorting in size and shape. Producers already produce products in surplus, so that they are as successful as possible in selling it, in the sense that it is more of a choice for the selection process. And there is already a huge amount of good waste that would be worthwhile to process into another form. If we take, for example, apples, they can be processed either in vinegar, juice or dried apples, and the procedures for such processing are quite simple. You need a press, a hob and a dehydrator. And many other fruits, for example, would have to be processed in a similar way.