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$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste

13th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Micro-organisms in bacteria and fungi could help transform food waste into high-value products that would boost the economy by $1.6bn a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A research project led by University of Canterbury Environmental Science Professor Brett Robinson aims to find ways to turn waste products from New Zealand’s food production industry into high-value soil conditioners and animal feed.

“What we are aiming to do is create a more sustainable, circular agricultural economy, where biowaste can be transformed into useful new products to help feed animals or improve our soils,” Robinson said.

“There’s huge potential to create a win-win situation where we dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also potentially boosting our economy by more than $1.6bn annually.”

Robinson is leading a team of scientists involved in the project from the University of Canterbury, along with experts from Lincoln University, Plant and Food Research, and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.



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