Transforming Food Waste into Bioenergy

Food waste is one of the many environmental problems caused by modern agriculture. Biotechnology innovations may help us tackle it by turning waste into energy.

For decades now, bioenergy has been posited as a renewable and clean source of energy. Biomass, particularly from forestry, is the largest source of renewable energy in the UK. However, recent research suggests that forestry bioenergy isn’t always carbon neutral. Trees and plants are renewable, but burning them releases large amounts of carbon in the atmosphere at once, and growing equivalent forests takes decades, if not years. 

Therefore, to produce truly clean bioenergy, a more sustainable alternative is to use food and agriculture waste.

The food and agriculture sectors have a massive environmental footprint. It starts with the massive amounts of land and water required and the use of synthetic agrochemicals, as well as things as seemingly innocuous as methane-emitting cows. Food waste along the long supply chains contributes to further emissions. While developed countries have lower supply chain losses as compared to the developing ones,

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