Companies Develop Technologies to Deal with Food Waste

Companies Develop Technologies to Deal with Food Waste

Restaurants, farmers, and food businesses are turning to chemistry and physics to deal with the problem of food waste.

Some companies are testing coverings to slow the ripening process in fruit and packets to keep food fresh. Others are developing digital sensors that can tell when meat is safe to eat.

Background

Experts say growing awareness of the costs of food waste has led to more efforts to deal with the problem. ReFed is a group that studies food waste. It says new businesses have raised $300 billion in 2021, double the amount raised in 2020, to deal with

 
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Race to Develop Carbon Removal Technology Begins with Record Funding

Race to Develop Carbon Removal Technology Begins with Record Funding

A high-stakes race that will shape the future of direct air capture technology has officially begun.

The Department of Energy fired the starting gun Tuesday with the release of guidelines the agency will follow when awarding $3.5 billion for four regional hubs that aim to rapidly scale up systems for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That prize money, which comes from the bipartisan infrastructure law of 2021, will be distributed over the next five years in two prize competitions.

The infusion of cash comes as the direct air capture industry, or DAC, is still in its infancy. There are

 
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