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Upcycling food is part of successful waste management

Thursday, 18 February 2021 11:02am

Climate change got one Otago student thinking about how he could make his own impact on the world.

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Upcycled Food In Supermarkets: A Summer Student Project

Monday, 1 February 2021 10:42am

University of Otago second year student Andreas Wijngaarden has been working with Foodstuffs NZ and upcycled food company Citizen Collective over the summer to collect data about consumer perceptions of upcycled food items in supermarkets.

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One News Reports on Food Waste

Monday, 1 February 2021 10:34am

One News ran a story detailing the issue of food waste. The story featured the theme’s Industry Representative and Foodstuffs NZ’s Waste Minimisation Manager Francesca Goodman-Smith.

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Food Science student wins international award for thesis

Monday, 7 December 2020 11:21am

Food Science PhD student Victoria Purdy last week celebrated her success as the Winner of the Peoples Choice award in the recent 2020 Matariki Network of Universities Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT®) competition.

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Food Science student wins international award for thesis

Monday, 7 December 2020 10:28am

Food Science PhD student Victoria Purdy recently celebrated her success as the Winner of the Peoples Choice award in the recent 2020 Matariki Network of Universities Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT®) competition.

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Saving money key motivator to reducing food waste – Otago study

Monday, 30 November 2020 10:22am

Uneaten food on consumers’ plates makes up 34 per cent of food waste in the hospitality sector – an extravagance the industry could do without in the face of COVID-19, a University of Otago study argues.

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Tackling Supermarket Food Waste – RNZ with Kim Hill

Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:55am

Food Waste Innovation’s Industry Representative Francesca Goodman-Smith spoke to Kim Hill on RNZ’s Saturday Morning show about food waste in supermarkets and discussed tips for avoiding food waste at home.

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Waste not... University of Otago Magazine issue 51

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 11:32am

Read the story written by Nigel Zega in the University of Otago Magazine about the Food Waste Innovation Research Theme.

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Theme’s industry rep Francesca Goodman-Smith wins Sustainable Business Award

Thursday, 19 November 2020 10:40am

Congratulations to the research theme’s industry representative, and Foodstuffs NZ’s Waste Minimisation Manager, Francesca Goodman-Smith who has just won the change maker category at the Sustainable Business Awards.

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2020 research seed grants awarded

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:21am

Congratulations to the three recipients of the food waste innovation research theme’s research seed grants for 2020.

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Championing Food Waste Panel and Theme launch event recording now available

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 11:56am

Watch the trailer for our recent theme launch event where we hosted a panel discussion with the NZ food waste champions of 12.3.

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A small fish helping to solve a big problem

Thursday, 12 November 2020 9:29am

An inter-disciplinary group of Otago researchers is embarking on a collaborative study into the use of biodegradable, edible food coatings to combat plastic pollution.

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New Research Theme launches to tackle the wicked issue of waste

Friday, 16 October 2020 9:11am

This week Otago’s new Food Waste Innovation Research Theme formally launched.

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Otago Daily Times – call to do more to reduce food waste

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 9:14am

The Otago Daily Times has interviewed Research Theme Director Miranda Mirosa on reducing food waste, and the research theme.

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Championing Food Waste – research theme launched

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 9:08am

The Food Waste Innovation Research Theme was officially launched, hosting an official opening evening with a panel discussion from the NZ Champions of 12.3 group, as well as a Food Waste Innovation Forum.

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International Day of Awareness for Food Loss and Waste

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 8:53am

The Food Waste Innovation Research Theme members took part in the first International Day of Awareness for Food Loss and Waste (29 September) by creating a display of the 10 most wasted food items in New Zealand households.

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Food Waste Innovation Theme Researcher Pat Silcock reports on the science of why some leftovers taste better

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 2:57pm

If you firmly believe lasagne, bolognese, curry or stew tastes better after sitting for a day or two, science has your back, said Pat Silcock, manager of the Product and Development Research Centre at Otago University’s Department of Food Science. In this article he explains why.

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Video recording by Theme Director on Food waste in Aotearoa… the opportunities and solutions

Friday, 31 July 2020 1:12pm

Theme Director Miranda Mirosa presents on food waste as part of the NZ Food Safety Science Research Centre’s Food Science Seminar Spotlight Presentations.

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International Solid Waste Association Conference competition win for Food Waste Innovation Committee member

Saturday, 18 July 2020 3:59pm

Ms. Francesca Goodman-Smith was the third winner at this online international conference in July for her paper titled “Understanding the effect of dining and motivational factors on out-of-home consumer food waste”.

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New Zealanders needed to investigate link between COVID-19 and smell loss

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 12:47pm

New Zealanders who have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of the virus are being urged to participate in two surveys – a global and national one - that aim to better understand how COVID-19 impacts a patient’s loss of taste and smell.

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Consumers should cut down food waste: Otago study

Monday, 30 March 2020 10:32am

More than three quarters of New Zealand’s retail food waste is being saved from landfill, in stark contrast to Kiwi households, Otago researchers say.

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Otago scientist joins international COVID-19 consortium to investigate sensory systems

Friday, 27 March 2020 3:32pm

The fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic has seen the international scientific community rallying to detect, understand and combat this global threat.

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Food waste champions coalition launched

Monday, 23 March 2020 9:55am

New Zealand's food waste champions have formed a coalition to halve New Zealand's food waste by 2030.

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Food waste report for Parliamentary Environmental Committee

Thursday, 12 March 2020 4:58pm

Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa, Director of Food Waste Innovation, recently served as independent specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Environmental Committee during investigations into New Zealand's food waste.