Decreasing the environmental footprint by decreasing agriculture waste

Organizers: Amie Norton; Deanna Scheff   

By 2050 the world’s population is expected to increase by 30%.  One pressing issue that comes with increasing population is food security. It is estimate that food production will need to increase by 60-110% by 2050 in order to feed to growing world populations One way to increase food security is by reducing food waste and to reduce environmental impacts of humans. The USDA has a goal to reduce food waste 50% by 2050.  This leads us to evaluate current agriculture methods for development sustainable practices. Food waste can be decrease by the development of value-added products from byproducts that otherwise would have been throw away, greener storage methods at affordable costs, and better and more targeted pesticides. In this symposium we will focus on the application of chemical innovations in food security through the development of green methods for valued added products, reduction in agriculture waste and green technology in storage methods.