The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Meals Canada (AAFC), Marie-Claude Bibeau has introduced the 18 semi-finalists chosen underneath the Novel Applied sciences Streams to seek out new options to meals waste.
In accordance with AAFC, yearly over half of Canada’s meals provide is wasted, and almost $50 billion of that wasted meals is avoidable.
“Each single submission we obtained has large potential to assist us sort out (these) points,” says Minister Bibeau.
The problem, initially launched in November of 2020, goals to ship high-impact options to meals waste in Canada. The Novel Applied sciences Streams is targeted on technological options to meals waste to increase the lifetime of perishable meals, rework meals waste and speed up development within the Canadian market.
The second spherical of the problem attracted 238 functions from innovators throughout Canada and around the globe.
The 18 semi-finalists’ entries span a various vary of areas together with inexperienced chemistry to create pure components, edible coatings, or bioplastics.
Every semi-finalist will obtain $100,000 and transfer on to the prototype improvement stage of the problem. Over the following eight months, semi-finalists will construct or full an current prototype of their expertise and report on their answer’s effectiveness. A complete of six finalists for the Novel Applied sciences Streams shall be chosen, every receiving as much as an extra $450,000, with finalists competing to win one in all two grand prizes of as much as $1 million.
Minister Bibeau additionally acknowledged Thursday afternoon that in the case of meals waste, one of many considerations for Canadians is surrounding P.E.I. potatoes, and the federal government of Canada is presently working laborious to re-open the U.S. market.
“We’re additionally shopping for some potatoes for meals banks,” says Bibeau. “We’d need to destroy part of it — seemingly round 10 per cent. However that may be the final answer.”