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Just a few years ago, the term upcycling was practically unknown. Even less intuitive was the idea of upcycling food, a way of repurposing ingredients that might otherwise go to waste. These days it’s a hot topic in the world of agriculture and food production as climate change is being felt all around us on the thermometer, through raging wildfires and seemingly monthly hurricanes.
It’s estimated that growing and producing food is responsible for up to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. More than sixty percent of Americans believe that throwing away less food and/or composting it would help reduce that impact.
Upcycled Food Association (UFA) believes upcycling can play a pivotal role. The nonprofit was formed less than a year ago, in an effort to reduce food waste, and create more consumer awareness and understanding of upcycling food waste.