Worldwide, one third of all food products is lost. Food products that do not meet certain standards or byproducts of production are ignored all too often. Many farmers and food processors are wrecking their brains over this, but together with designers, technologists and scientists they can save food from destruction. The world simply needs more of these Food Heroes and we think we found a few of them for the Food Heroes Award.
That’s why project Food Heroes started a contest to search for Food Heroes and their food waste solutions. 76 Food Heroes submitted new products and waste reduction technologies. A five-person jury, chaired by EU-commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, selected the top-three Food Heroes in the different categories for the finale at CFIA Expo 2019 in Rennes (France). CFIA Expo is the leading annual fair for food technology suppliers in Europe. A winner will be selected in each of the three categories: fruits & vegetables, male animals and fish & seafood. You can help too, by voting for your favourite solution!
Update: In Ovo won the Food Heroes Award in the category male animals! We are eggstremely happy with this result. Thanks to everyone who supported us!
Food waste reduction
In Ovo’s in ovo sexing solution minimises food waste by preventing the unnessecary killing of newborn male animals. Instead, the male eggs that are taken out of production, can be used for other products and solutions. An project performed by us in 2017 and 2018, has shown that there are several very interesting solutions for utilization of the leftover eggs. Currently, we are investigating what the best way to proceed is.
Help us get more attention for the day-old male chicken problem and vote for In Ovo at the Food Heroes Award. With our solution, we can prevent the global killing of billions of male chicks, just because they do not produce eggs and are slow meat producers. This will lead to a big improvement in resource efficiency and a huge leap in animal welfare in hatcheries. Last Summer we received new funding for the development of our egg sexing device and are currently working every day to fulfill our promise.