Rethinking food packaging to make the world less hungry

Mark Brennan

By Max Johnston

One percent of food sent abroad by USAID is lost to food spoilage and spillage because of failed packaging, according to Mark Brennan, a researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

That may sound insignificant, but it amounts to losing roughly 10,000 metric tons of food and countless dollars that could be invested in feeding hungry people.

In the first installment of the Food Fix’s new series “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,”  Brennan suggests new methods of packaging to reduce food spoilage.

“As this food kind of moves its way through the supply chain from farm to beneficiary you have instances of the bags breaking,” he said. “You have also instances of things getting wet, of insects crawling into bags.”

Listen to his idea here.

And come back every Monday for the next installment of “10 ideas to make the world less hungry.”

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