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How 2 Innovative Startups Are Finding New Ways To Revolutionize Food Waste

By Nicole Caldwell

A full one-third of all the food produced globally for consumption goes to waste. That’s 1.3 billion tons in brass tacks.

Startups in the United States and Australia seek to change that with a new food-rescue supermarket down under, and a new technology here at home, that turns what used to be food waste into good for the whole community.

The Wizards of OzHarvest

OzHarvest, Australia’s first perishable food rescue organization, has now opened a rescued-food supermarket called OzHarvest Market.   

Based in Kensington, Sydney, OzHarvest was founded in 2004 in order to distribute high-quality, surplus food donated by more than 2,000 commercial outlets such as hotels, stadiums, delis and supermarkets to more than 900 charity organizations. These donations include baked goods, sandwiches, sliced or fresh meat, and produce that is past its expiration date but still perfectly edible.