The Path to Drawdown: Food Waste
Producing and preparing food is resource intensive - it takes water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, transportation, and financial capital to make it happen. So when food is wasted, either in transit, grocery stores, restaurants, or households, those resources are wasted. In fact, somewhere between 30-40% of the food raised or prepared never makes it to people's mouths.
Food waste accounts for 4.4 gigatons of greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere, or roughly 8% of total human-caused emissions. In low-income countries, food waste happens because of poor storage conditions, inadequate equipment or packaging, and a combination of heat and humidity. In higher-income countries, most of the food waste happens further down the supply chain: retailers reject food based on their aesthetic appearance or consumers overestimate how much food they will cook in a given week.
Solutions to food waste abound. Things as simple as using improved storage bags, silos or crates during transit can make a difference early in the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, setting food waste targets, generating public awareness about the issue, and changing consumer behavior toward food would greatly reduce waste.
Project Drawdown estimates that if these solutions are aggressively pursued, we can cut 101.7 gigatons of greenhouse gases from food waste between now and 2050.
Save Foods, Inc. (stock ticker: SVFD) develops and sells eco-friendly green solutions to enhance food safety and shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables. Their products are based on proprietary blend of food acids combined with an oxidizer, and is capable of cleaning, sanitizing, and controlling pathogens on fresh produce to make them safe for human consumption or which lead to various forms of decay in fruit and vegetable. Save Foods was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Lower Galilee, Israel.
SVFD's Role in Drawdown
Save Foods sells post-harvest food acid and oxidizer blends that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste.
Their produce portfolio includes SavePROTECT or PeroStar, a processing aid used in post-harvest treatment added to fruit and vegetable wash water, and SF3HS and SF3H, a post-harvest cleaning and sanitizing solution to control both plant and foodborne pathogens. They also offer SpuDefender product for controlling post-harvest potato sprouts and FreshProtect product for controlling spoilage microorganisms on post-harvest citrus.
By extending the shelf life of produce, they reduce food waste. And by reducing food waste, they help reduce methane emissions that come from anaerobic decomposition of organic matter.
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