Instead of composting old fruit, these students want to powder it


There are approximately a billion and one ways of dealing with our majorfood wasteproblem. We feel like we’ve seen everything from heating a city to making haute cuisine or graphene — maybe because we have.

The newest trend: Some creative grad students in Sweden’s Lund University Food Innovation and Product Design program have found another way to avoid dumping expiring fruits and veggies into the compost bin — by powdering it.

FoPo Food Powders, funded through Kickstarter this year, partners with farmers and food retailers to give their expiring fruits and veggies a new life. The company freeze-dries, pulverizes, and packages them into produce powders, which are like the nutritious distant relatives of PixyStix. The students want their non-perishable powders to go where they’re most needed: to relief efforts and areas with low food access.

From Smithsonian Magazine

One member of the group, Gerald Perry Martin, grew up in the Philippines, so he’d…

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