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Food waste becomes sustainable and profitable bioplastics

How can we take advantage of the huge amounts of food waste, such as orange peels from juice production, produced by the food industry? In his research, Pedro F. Souza Filho has looked for ways to use food waste and reuse it to produce new food, animal feed and bioplastics.

In late September, Pedro F. Souza Filho defended his doctoral thesis in the field of Resource Recovery at the University of Borås with his dissertation "Fungi-based biorefinery model for food industry waste" with a focus on finding better processes within the circular economy for the food industry.

It is estimated that 40 per cent of all foods are wasted, which means a significant loss of productivity, energy and natural resources. In his study, he has conducted case studies on four...