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Northern Michigan pioneers effort to reduce food waste


Emmet County’s recycling program has been recognized as one of four model programs in Michgian for having a high quality service that matches the needs of the community.

The Michigan Profile of Recycling Programs and Potential Recycling studied recycling programs across the state, concluding that the level of participation among residents and businesses is a strong social cue to encourage others to recycle. The study was done by the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments with a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Under a recent law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, beginning October 1, establishments that recycle 100 tons or more per year must collect data and report their activities to the state. The law requires the Department of Environmental Quality to operate a statewide database of recycling efforts, exclusive of food waste, by the facilities, which will be published annually online. Continue reading Northern Michigan pioneers effort to reduce food waste

Matthew Gummans: Producing fruit leather

BlueSkiesJuiceBarMore than a billion tons of food are wasted every year around the globe, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization.

Nutritious fresh fruit is prone to being wasted. In Africa, once fruit goes bad it often is fed to goats and cows. In countries where millions of people are hungry and malnourished, this is a waste of precious nutrients and vitamins.

It can be challenging to make a fruit product that has great taste and texture AND can sit on a shelf outside the fridge for a long time.

While working on his masters degree, Matt Gummans obtained a student innovation grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations at Michigan State University to work on making fruit products in Ghana that have a long shelf life.

Listen to what he has to say about that project here.