“My garbage disposal eats better than most of the world,” one Redditor wrote in a particularly poignant comment on r/Shower Thoughts, and he’s probably right. According to the National Resources Defense Council, up to 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted, adding up to around $162 billion in uneaten food every year. But WISErg—a Redmond, Washington-based biotech startup—is doing its best to change that by turning wasted food into a valuable resource that can benefit grocery stores, farmers, and even the average Whole Foods shopper.
The process starts in the grocery stores themselves, where WISErg’s Harvester machine turns food scraps—everything from potato peels to bruised bananas to steaks past their sell-by dates—into a nutrient-rich liquid. That material is then transported to a WISErg facility, where it is converted into an organic fertilizer that is delivered to a network of farmers stretching from British Columbia to Mexico. WISErg says that its “downright delicious” fertilizer improves soil health, which results in higher yields and more flavorful fruits and vegetables. read more >>