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6 Ways to help the planet with food upcycling

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6 Ways GTF Helps the Planet 

We admit, improving the earth is a pretty lofty goal. But we think it can be done. Here’s how GTF can help:  

1. Reduce food waste.  

Over 1/3 of all food, and about ½ of all fruits and vegetables, produced are thrown out. Food waste is the single largest contributor to landfills. Breaking it down further, nearly 90% of surplus in food processing is byproduct: peels, stems, pomace, seeds, much of which is not only edible but nutritious and valuable. We help food producers, processors, and juicers reduce waste by converting their side-streams and overproduced/irregular yields into valuable powders.  

 

2. Lower greenhouse gas emissions.  

When food is landfilled and then covered with more trash, it doesn’t have a chance to decompose naturally and instead produces methane, a gas 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. If we can divert food from the landfill, we can reduce all the GHGs associated with it.  

In addition, GHGs are produced when transporting heavy, moisture-laden produce from processor to dryer to mill to landfill or back to farm for livestock or fertilizer. If this food material could be powderized on-site at the source, it would weigh 90% less, dramatically reducing the transportation emissions.  

 

3. Less reliance on fossil fuels.  

Traditional food drying methods use copious amounts of natural gas and energy to operate. The RENU System is 100% electric and, because of its speed and low operating temperatures, uses far less energy overall. 

 

4. More efficient farming.  

By using more of the plant, fruit, and vegetable, we waste less of the food and all the resources – soil, acreage, water, fertilizer, and labor – associated to grow it.  

 

5. Produce new nutrient-dense food sources.  

The entire world could be fed on 25% of all food grown/produced. So, world hunger isn’t a problem of production, it’s one of efficient distribution before spoilage. Furthermore, some of the best nutrients in fruits and vegetables are found in their peels, pits, seeds and pulp, which is what gets thrown out when they’re processed or juiced. Our technology rescues these valuable unused parts and upcycles them into powders. And due to its speed and low operating temperatures, it retains virtually all the original nutrients. Our RENU System stabilizes food immediately to stop the rot. In powder form, nutrient dense food can be easily and affordably transported and kept for years, ready for whenever and wherever it’s needed.   

 

6. Make sustainability more profitable for food producers.  

Usually, sustainability programs cost money and lower profitability to food producers and processors, which make them difficult to justify financially. But if food manufacturers can cut waste, reduce energy use, meet government mandates, and produce new revenue sources with the powders they produce, they'll be much more apt to adopt measures to improve the environment. Powders produced by our RENU system are valuable in a myriad of markets, including food ingredients, vitamins/nutraceuticals, RTE upcycled foods, beverages, coloring/flavoring agents, spices, pet foods, and biomaterials – and we can help connect powder producers to powder buyers and consumers.