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‘Upcycling’ a fast-growing food industry in Minnesota

 A burgeoning Minnesota industry uses discarded but still nutritious foodstuffs.We are honored to have our story told by Star Tribune reporter Brooks Johnson.Story by BROOKS JOHNSONPhoto illustration by NURI DUCASSI; iStock Star Tribune staffWhat happens to all that malted barley after beer is done brewing, or all those oats after being soaked to make oat milk? They are increasingly ending up back in food.Minnesota’s nascent “upcycled” food industry — which is one part recycling and another part food manufacturing — has gone from nearly non- existent to vibrant in just a few years. The aim of upcycling is to find new uses for otherwise discarded, yet still nutritious, foodstuffs. Repurposed grains are hitting shelves in baking mixes, crackers and even cereal.“It used to be a movement. Now it’s an industry,” said Sue Marshall, founder and CEO of St. Paul-based upcycling company Netzro.The practice of redirecting food waste — which the industry…
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The Food Crisis

In 2018, 14.3 million American households were food insecure. When so many Americans are experiencing hardship getting food, it is hard to believe that 40% of all America's food is wasted. Of that 40%, most of the food is completely fine and edible, or can be upcycled into a new, nutritious food product. Creating food for the world's population through agriculture is one of the earth’s biggest resource funnels, with 58.2 million gallons of water needed every second. Wasted food often ends up in landfills, releasing greenhouse gases and contributing immensely to global warming. Food waste puts pressure on the environment, pressure on our waste management system, and it raises the question: how does America change? Here are some easy ways for all of us to start reducing food waste: Planning meals: When you go to the store to get ingredients for specific meals, you create less food waste because…
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