Spoiler alert: food waste could become a thing of the past thanks to new technology that helps food business, farms, and nonprofits minimize their food waste, using a digital platform called … you’ll never guess: Spoiler Alert! It’s just one tech start-up of many working to end one of our nation’s most shameful habits.
The average American citizen throws out roughly 20 pounds of food per month which, shockingly, amounts to roughly 30 million tons of food waste entering the waste stream every single year in the United States! When organic waste breaks down it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and is thus responsible for around seven percent of global methane emissions. Given the fact that methane has a global warming potential 20 times higher than carbon dioxide, the impact of these emissions shouldn’t be taken lightly. And aside from environmental concerns, there are millions of hungry people who could really use salvageable produce.
With Spoiler Alert, food businesses and farms can post to the platform about their surplus food supply. This will send a notification to potential recipients. Then, if another organization is interested in taking the surplus supply, they can simply email, text, or message the business or farmer through the app. The app will also track the donation and aggregate data to see what was saved.
“A lot of food waste is happening because those organizations that have it — whether it’s healthy surplus food or valuable organic waste — aren’t connecting with other organizations that are in a position to do something really great with it,” Ricky Ashenfelter, co-founder and CEO of Spoiler Alert, told On Earth Magazine.
And Spoiler Alert is not alone in this food-saving sphere. There are many food-waste tech companies around the U.S., such as Zero Percent, Copia, Community Plates, and Food Cowboy. When we use our technology for good, amazing things can happen.
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