FoPo Food Powder wants to end world hunger. A pretty bold task that they want to tackle by turning near-expiring fruits and vegetables into powder. The process is basically just drying and processing the produce until it becomes an edible powder.
Created by a group international master students at the Lund University in Sweden, FoPo Food Powder emerged in response to the irrational food consumption and extensive food waste. An estimated 1.76 billion tons of food are wasted each year; that’s equivalent to $750 billion in terms of economic loss, according to the United Nations. The project idea suggests that world hunger would cease to exist if near-expiring produce are turned into powder, retaining up to 80% of their nutrients and prolonging their shelf life by up to two years.
FoPo has started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and has raised more than $25,000. According to the company, 26 supermarkets have committed to provide them with near-expiring produce and three universities have provided their laboratories for the team to work in.
The food powder should begin to be developed in the Philippines, with support from the local government and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It will be available in banana, mango, pineapple and raspberry flavors that can be consumed as nutritional supplements and as an ingredient for recipes like cakes, yogurts and ice creams.