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Spend Less

Reducing food waste, helping people save money and reducing the environmental impact.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Spend Less

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://www.spendless.money/

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Bentonville, Arkansas

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

United States

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

United States

What country is your selected Place located in?

United States

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

United States is the leading country of food waste, in total 40-50% of food is wasted all across the food supply chain. We live in United States.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's economic Research Service estimates that in 2010, a total of 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten, with an estimated retail value of $162 BILLION. A new survey (Feb/2019) examining U.S. consumer attitudes and behaviors related to food date labels found widespread confusion, leading to unnecessary discards, increased waste and food safety risks. The survey analysis was led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), which is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This translates into 141 trillion calories (kcal) of food available in the U.S. food supply but not consumed in 2010. Expressed on a per capita basis, food loss at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 totaled roughly 1.2 POUNDS OF FOOD PER PERSON PER DAY, with a retail value of OVER $1.40. Today, retailers and consumers in the United States rely on 'Sell by date' and 'Use by date' as the only mechanism to tell if their food is edible. Consumers throw away the food thinking that it is not edible but according to US Department of Agriculture, 'sell-by date' and 'Use by date' is intended to convey the quality of food (food freshness) and not food safety (safe to eat). Food is perfectly edible to eat after the 'sell-by date' and 'Use by date' unless it smells bad or tastes bad. EPA estimated that in 2015 in the US, more food reached landfills and combustion facilities than any other single material in our everyday trash, at 22 percent of the amount landfilled and at 22 percent of the amount combusted with energy recovery. Reducing food waste will help the US address climate change, as 20 percent of total U.S. methane emissions come from landfills. By keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of our landfills, we can help address the 42 million Americans that live in food insecure households. A new survey (Feb/2019) examining U.S. consumer attitudes and behaviors related to food date labels found widespread confusion, leading to unnecessary discards, increased waste and food safety risks. The survey analysis was led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), which is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Among survey participants, the research found that 84 percent discarded food near the package date “at least occasionally” and 37 percent reported that they “always” or “usually” discard food near the package date. Notably, participants between the ages of 18 to 34 were particularly likely to rely on label dates to discard food. More than half of participants incorrectly thought that date labeling was federally regulated or reported being unsure. In addition, the study found that those perceiving labels as reflecting safety and those who thought labels were federally regulated were more willing to discard food.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

320000000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture's economic Research Service estimates that in 2010, a total of 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten, with an estimated retail value of $162 BILLION. This translates into 141 trillion calories (kcal) of food available in the U.S. food supply but not consumed in 2010. Expressed on a per capita basis, food loss at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 totaled roughly 1.2 POUNDS OF FOOD PER PERSON PER DAY, with a retail value of OVER $1.40. Today, retailers and consumers rely on 'Sell by date' and 'Use by date' as the only mechanism to tell if their food is edible. They throw away the food thinking that it is not edible but according to US Department of Agriculture, 'sell-by date' and 'Use by date' is intended to convey the quality of food (food freshness) and not food safety (safe to eat). Food is perfectly edible to eat after the 'sell-by date' and 'Use by date' unless it smells bad or tastes bad. EPA estimated that in 2015 in the US, more food reached landfills and combustion facilities than any other single material in our everyday trash, at 22 percent of the amount landfilled and at 22 percent of the amount combusted with energy recovery. Reducing food waste will help the US address climate change, as 20 percent of total U.S. methane emissions come from landfills. By keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of our landfills, we can help address the 42 million Americans that live in food insecure households. 2050 Given that 42 million Americans are food insecure today, the number of people with food insecurity will increase tremendously in 2050. The usage of irrigation water, electricity usage and pesticide usage will also increase. The impact on the environment will also increase as more harmful methane gases are emitted as food decomposes.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

We have developed a smart food packaging technology that changes color when the food gets spoiled. Our technology provides a visual color-coded indicator of food spoilage or expiration, thus reducing the confusion relating to ‘food labels’. Consumers using our food packaging technology can consume the food until the food packaging changes color thus increasing the shelf life of food, reducing carbon footprint and addressing food inequality.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Once these challenges are addressed, the environment will be more sustainable. Reducing food waste reduces irrigation water consumption, energy consumption, pesticides usage, and reduces the harmful methane gas emission from food decomposing. Peoples' life would be different as they would save money and retailers would be able extend the shelf life of the food product.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Spend Less technology has the potential to be a revolution in the supply chain and end life of the food. This food revolution will ultimately give rise to real time analytics for all aspects surrounding the global food supply chain. Time, temperature, measurement of customer insights, pH level, and even pneumatic properties could all eventually be utilized for optimization of supply chain logistics. All this will start with adaptation of indicators for the like, and optimization therein. Spend Less accomplishes this end through proprietary glycerol based hydrophobic pH-sensitive nanoparticles which encapsulate hydrophobic dye and, with a comonomer, forms a composite polymer. Retailers and consumers will be able to save money as our solution extends the consumable shelf life of foods and save money on distribution cost of the foods. Farmers would be able to save money by reducing the irrigation water consumption, energy consumption and pesticides usage. Our solution will reduce the environmental impact by reducing the harmful methane gas emission that is released by food decomposing. Our solution will also reduce food inequality in the U.S.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

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Hi Kalyan Kalwa Great to see you joining the Prize!
It is lovely to see a Vision come together for food wastage.
We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Prize. Even if you've not started populating your Vision just yet, by publishing your submission you can make it public for other teams in your region to see, get in touch and possibly even collaborate with you.
You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your Vision at any time before 31 January 2020 by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. If you need inspiration or guidance, take a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit. We look forward to seeing your Vision submission.

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Team

It is public now

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Team

How would I provide access my contribution access to my team members?

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Team

Hey Kalyan Kalwa it's wonderful to see you live.
To add your team members to the contribution, you will need to ask them to begin with creating an account on the platform. Once they have created an account, you can just go to the "Team" section in your submission form, type their names out in the little box, and you should be able to see and add them in.
You can find more details about the process of creating an account on the platform here: https://ideo.to/mWGWGc

I hope that helps. Do let us know if you need support with anything else.