Climate-Conscious Food Preserving Technologies for Food Waste Prevention

Yousif Alhammadi, Doris Ying Ying Tang, Kit Wayne Chew, Suksun Amornraksa, Pau Loke Show

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    Abstract

    Global food production is responsible for around 26% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities. Notably, 6% of these emissions are caused by unconsumed food. Both traditional and current climate-conscious technologies for food preservatives that assure food waste reduction are discussed. This review investigates the potential of smart packaging biosensors and natural antimicrobial agents in fostering environmentally friendly, cutting-edge food systems. Specifically, it highlights the studies that explore the use of natural antimicrobial agents of calcined corals in active packaging systems for storing milk. The finding revealed that this method had a significant impact on maximizing the shelf life of fresh food. Furthermore, this review discusses the concept of smart packaging of food, focusing on biopolymer-based nanocomposites and biosensors, which have gained increasing attention in the food industry due to concerns about food safety and quality. The review also examines the efforts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to combat food waste through the initiatives such as UAE Food Bank, Winnow, and Ne’ma which is the national food loss and waste project. These technologies and practices have the potential to guarantee food safety, preserve quality, and reduce waste, but there are still issues with cost, biocompatibility, and consumer acceptance.

    Original languageBritish English
    Article number02004
    JournalE3S Web of Conferences
    Volume428
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 14 Sep 2023
    Event2023 Research, Invention, and Innovation Congress, RI2C 2023 - Virtual, Bangkok, Thailand
    Duration: 24 Aug 202325 Aug 2023

    Keywords

    • Climate-conscious food
    • Food preservatives
    • Natural antimicrobial agents
    • Smart Packaging
    • UAE food safety

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