According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, gets lost or wasted every year. In the United States, 40% of all food, worth US$160 billion, is wasted each year. In Canada, about $30 billion worth of food is wasted every year.
Food waste in landfills generates methane gas, one of the most potent greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Hundreds of municipalities in North America and around the world are enforcing new regulations for the separate disposal of organic waste from regular waste.
According to a survey conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2014, the total cost of food waste to the global economy amounted to approximately $2.6 trillion. With the global food demand estimated to increase by 60-70% by 2051, food waste will increasingly impact the environment, the economy, and society.
Micron has developed a unique organic waste management system, the Organivore™, which processes organic waste directly on-site. The resulting waste water from the process is converted into clean water which can then be recycled, reused or safely discharged directly into the sewer.