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New Crop of Companies Reaping Profits From Wasted Food

surplAndrew Northrup, a “produce hustler” at Cerplus, carries strawberries left over at the end of a farmer’s market in South Berkeley, Calif.

“I’m convinced there’s a business that’s a kind of Uber for refrigerated trucks,” said Jesse Fink, a founder of the travel site Priceline who now calls himself a food waste evangelist.

By Elizabeth D. Herman
For The New York Times
May 24, 2016

Excerpt:

He cited examples like the Forager Project, Misfit and Back to the Roots. “Many of these emerging brands incorporate food waste and upcycling products” — using once-discarded materials as components of new products — “as part of their brand portfolio.” Others, he said, are working to solve the unusual distribution and logistics challenges posed in using food scraps.

Some of the new businesses can bootstrap their operations, since they are essentially taking inexpensive or free scraps from others. But many have taken outside investment.

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Ignatius gardens for Syrian Refugees in Guelph, Ontario

guelphThe small plot section was buzzing.

A portion of the produce from many of them will go into hampers for Syrian refugee families.

By Bob O’Flanagan
Guelph Today
May 26, 2016

Excerpt:

Deshpande said community gardeners are working together to provide fresh harvest to recently settled Syrian families.

Ignatius Farm director Heather Lekx will oversee the donation of surplus production, and Bob Moore, who coordinates food donations for Lakeside Hope House will facilitate the distribution of the produce, Deshpande explained.

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