Advances in technology are increasing our awareness of the food industry and the ways we find, eat, and dispose of our food. It is allowing us to track, analyze, and understand the way our food system works to help reduce the amount of food waste and carbon emissions.
Internet of Things
Sensors are a very important part of food technology and have introduced IoT to the farms in the form of irrigation technologies and crop yield monitoring. Few examples of IoT in food technology are WaterBee – collects data on soil content and other environmental factors using wireless sensors to reduce water waste and Z-Trap – a device used to analyze data on crops remotely using GPS coordinates and wireless sensors and monitor insects.
Food Waste Tracking
Social media and new technology can drastically reduce the critical problem of food wastage. There are apps and web platforms to put leftover food to good use. An app called Leloca allows people to get deals on food within 45 minutes of a posting at nearby restaurants and helps restaurants minimize waste and an online platform called 222 millions gives a suggested grocery list with a user’s selected household size and meal preferences. LeftoverSwap, an innovative platform, matches people with leftover food to others in their area who would like to purchase cheap food and pick it up, and they offer anything from pizza to produce.
Technology is lending a great helping hand to the food industry by bringing in various innovations in the way it functions. It will only help the industry to flourish and reach new heights.