Worldwide, tonnes of edible food are lost or wasted every day. Between harvest and retail alone, around 14 percent of all food produced globally is lost. Huge quantities of food are also wasted in retail or at the consumer level
Now more than ever, as many people are trying to avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store, food insecurity rates are growing by the day, and shortages of some foods loom, people are thinking about how to fully utilize all the food in their fridges and pantries.
Swedish researchers talk about the potential of using fungi to convert food waste into valuable products. In addition to the usual biofuels, animal feed, and textiles produced from waste food, they want to turn the fungi into a protein-rich source of food for humans.