At TrendsActive, we love anything new. New products, new ideas, new innovations. Especially if they can change the way we consume. Recently there have been some interesting developments in the food section, and more specifically in trying to stop consumers from wasting so much food.
A report by NRDC shows that 40% of produced food is left uneaten. And a large part of that is because consumers throw out food because it has gone bad. Or, because they think it’s gone bad. The labels stating ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ are just an indication. But how do you know if food is actually still edible?
Of course, there’s an app for that. The USDA created Foodkeeper, the app that notifies you when an item is about to go bad to prevent good food from being left uneaten. The app automatically calculates how long your products will last and sends out a notification so you have enough time to consume it. The downside is that you have to manually add the products you’ve bought into the app, which makes it a pretty time consuming process.
But there are also developments that actually monitor the food itself. Researcher at the University of California-Berkeley are studying a new innovation in packaging. Recently they built a prototype of a smart, reusable milk cap that has sensors to detect when the milk starts to go bad. It is now still in the experimental fase, but combined with an app, your food will be able to tell you when to consume (and when not to consume). And of course there is Bump Mark, the low-tech variation that degrades along with the food. If it’s gone, the food should be too. Let’s eat!