Reading Time: 3 minutesFood waste became a massive ethical and ecological issue worldwide. While some developing countries are fighting with malnutrition and hunger, developed nations are wasting an enormous amount of meals. It is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is ending up unused annually . For instance, 800 million people are starving worldwide . Correct use of food resources could keep every person in the world well-fed . Moreover, food waste also brings severe damage to the country’s resources it is believed that food waste accounts for USD 2.6 trillion yearly . Among the financial loses food waste is a massive producer of greenhouse gases tracing only China and the USA in CO2 emissions . Misuse of nutrition products became a huge problem with globalization when international trade developed and nations started sending more and more foods to each other . The main reasons for food waste are: over plantation by producers, poor transportation, worn-out equipment in developing nations and many others . However, technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence might help the world to improve food management to reduce the number of foods lost.
A start-up company from the United Kingdom named Winnow came up with an AI-powered waste bin that uses smart scales at the bottom and a touchscreen installed above it where you choose which products you have thrown-out . The system is being used by some restaurants, which believe that they will be able to calculate the approximate amount of food they need in their operations, thus, improving food-management and significantly reducing storage costs. A total of 75 devices have already managed to cut 39,000 tonnes of greenhouses and save 30 million dollars to its users . Ikea is one of the early adopters of this technology and the company is seeking to reduce its food losses by 50% . Moreover, Artificial Intelligence was also introduced as an assistant in harvesting and growing crops. Several software systems like remote sensors, satellites, drones, etc. Provide farmers with valuable information about their harvest, for example, when the product is ready to be collected, real-time weather information, amount of fertilizers needed, etc . All of this new software will allow farmers to experience fewer crop-losses and provide their customers with better quality products. Computer assistance can result in up to $127 billion in revenues by 2030 .
Food waste became a global problem in the past decades. With constantly rising population worldwide it is predicted that insufficient food use can rise by 60-70% by 2050 . However, with the development of new computer systems and Artificial Intelligence, we will be able to reduce food waste by carefully analyzing how much food is needed and how to grow it more effectively, as well as, minimizing the possibility of poor harvests seasons. Moreover, the new systems will also help in cutting the amount of CO2 greenhouse gases being escaped to the atmosphere. Reduction of costs and expenses that arose from food waste will allow countries to allocate their resources more efficiently and spend more of their budgets towards the nation’s growth and development in the future.
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