Reducing waste—and food waste in particular—is something that Americans can tackle at the state, city, and even individual level.
Every year, Americans throw out 400 pounds of food per person, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
By weight, food waste is the No. 1 contributor to landfills, where it decomposes and starts emitting potent greenhouse gases like methane. Some 14 percent of U.S. methane emissions come from landfills, and, accounting for emissions all along the supply chain, wasted food accounts for 2.6 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Neira’s Investments is part of the MBI Group, a privately-owned group of companies that is active across three continents and for which I am proud to serve as Chairman and Director. Rooted in Zambia, it is focused on five core sectors: mining, energy, agriculture, fast-moving consumer goods and soft-drinks. But the MBI Group is not alone in this agri-revolution.
The number of agri-tech start-ups operating across African markets has grown by over 110 percent over the last two years alone, with nearly $20 million of investment. From drone technology to artificial intelligence and mobile apps, Africans are embracing tech to ensure a more profitable and food-secure future.
Super-crops are one area of innovation where Zambia is a trailblazer.
Imagine rice which can live submerged underwater for two weeks?
Or iron-rich beans that can withstand temperature changes of four degrees?
What about drought-resistant maize rich in vitamins and minerals?
About half of U.S. adults (49%) say foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients are worse for one’s health than foods containing no GM ingredients, while a slightly smaller share (44%) thinks foods with GM ingredients are neither better nor worse for one’s health.
The American public is closely divided over the degree of health risk posed by additives present in the foods we regularly eat.
Majorities see at least some risk from eating food produced with common agricultural and processing practices, including meat from animals given hormones or antibiotics, produce grown with pesticides and foods with artificial ingredients.
Western countries are pressing for a ceasefire and renewed peace efforts to end the disastrous conflict, which has unleashed the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis with 8.4 million people believed to be on the verge of starvation.
Save the Children said that according to a conservative estimate based on United Nations data, approximately 84,700 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition may have died between April 2015 and October 2018 in the impoverished country, where a Western-backed Arab alliance is battling the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that holds the capital Sanaa.
Food safety incidents have made headlines around the globe for causing illness and death nearly every year for the past two decades.
The researchers’ system, called RFIQ, includes a reader that senses minute changes in wireless signals emitted from RFID tags when the signals interact with food. For this study they focused on baby formula and alcohol, but in the future, consumers might have their own reader and software to conduct food-safety sensing before buying virtually any product.
Systems could also be implemented in supermarket back rooms or in smart fridges to continuously ping an RFID tag to automatically detect food spoilage, the researchers say.