In a world where food insecurity and hunger remain pressing issues, it is startling to learn that approximately one-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted each year.
This staggering statistic, released by the United Nations, highlights the importance of finding solutions to the food waste problem.
The issue of food waste is particularly acute in the United States, where an estimated 30-40% of the food supply is wasted. Food waste is the single largest component of municipal solid waste going into landfills in the United States. In fact, in 2018 alone, over 35 million tons of food waste were sent to landfills.
The consequences of food waste extend beyond the waste of resources and lost economic opportunities. When food waste breaks down in landfills, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in terms of its warming potential. In fact, landfills are the third-largest source of methane emissions in the United States.
This is where companies like Ecotone Renewables come in. Ecotone Renewables is a next-generation public benefit corporation that is committed to advancing sustainability in local communities. Their innovative approach to sustainability empowers communities to achieve sustainability through climate-smart practices, with a particular focus on improving soil health and supporting urban agriculture.
Ecotone Renewables converts food waste into powerful liquid fertilizer using patent-pending and automated anaerobic digestion technology housed in shipping containers called ZEUS. Their signature Soil Sauce organic fertilizer is then sold to local farmers, home gardeners, retailers, and plant enthusiasts.
This approach not only helps to reduce food waste but also helps to replenish degraded, nutrient-deficient soil, supporting more sustainable agricultural practices.
Through their crowdfunding campaign, Ecotone Renewables aims to raise capital to expand their impact and revenue generation by 20%. The funds raised will be spent on additional food waste processing, fertilizer production, and product sales, including a new ZEUS digester to process all the food waste for the Homewood Senior Center with a contract already in place.
The statistics surrounding food waste and landfills illustrate the urgency of finding sustainable solutions to this global issue. Companies like Ecotone Renewables are leading the way in tackling this problem, with their innovative approach to repurposing food waste and revitalizing soil health. By supporting companies like Ecotone Renewables, we can all play a part in building a more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.