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In a very welcome development, an influx of new venture capital is being directed to companies dedicated to the elimination of food waste. According to a recent report by ReFED, more than $125 million has been invested in the category so far in 2018.

Food waste and food access have long been a focus here at Billions Rising–and with an estimated $218 billion of food going to waste each year, that's hardly a surprise. The problem of food waste in particular has now become a hot topic among VC firms, including such major players as S2G Ventures. As pointed out by Chuck Templeton, S2G's Managing Director,"Food waste is a huge problem hidden in plain sight,” and it offers huge potential gains for both investors and the public at la...

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When Ken Jacobus quit his Silicon Valley job to set up Good Start Packaging in 2009, he had little knowledge of the packaging industry, and less than $10,000 in inventory. To make sure every dollar went as far as it possibly could, the entrepreneur did the only sensible thing: he did everything himself. He took on sales, admin, management and even the delivery of product.

Today, Jacobus' company is changing the way that restaurants handle packaging, and helping to create a new sustainable paradigm for the fast food industry. To find out how, read the brand-new Forbes article here.

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Food access in the inner city is a problem that we've long struggled with, and the inability to find anything other than fast food in many of our urban environments is a serious health concern. Thankfully, we've seen some inroads in this area, especially in the world of nonprofits.

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One of the most severe impacts of climate change is the scourge of drought. Drought affects rural farmers' ability to make a living and provide for themselves, and threatens the wider food supply. Solar stills have shown great promise as a way to insure fresh water supplies, but they are typically inefficient. Engineer and social entrepreneur Alessandro Bianciardi has been working on the problem, and has been making immense progress by looking at one of the greatest powers of nature itself: mimicry.

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One of the most severe impacts of climate change is the scourge of drought. Drought affects rural farmers' ability to make a living and provide for themselves, and threatens the wider food supply. Solar stills have shown great promise as a way to insure fresh water supplies, but they are typically inefficient. Engineer and social entrepreneur Alessandro Bianciardi has been working on the problem, and has been making immense progress by looking at one of the greatest powers of nature itself: mimicry.

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Plastic pollution is a growing problem in our oceans, and an issue that doesn't get nearly enough attention. Plastics are known to cause problems for numerous marine animals, including sea turtles, seals and seabirds to name just a few. Worse yet, aquatic microorganisms mistake plastic particles for food. It’s estimated that approximately 700 different marine species are threatened with extinction due to plastic waste.

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Haiti, an independent island state in the Caribbean with a population of nearly 11 million, has been beset by more than its share of natural disasters: they've been hit by floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, and in 2016 Hurricane Matthew decimated farms in Southern Haiti.

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Food waste is a serious and persistent problem in the U.S., and it's estimated that 30-40% of the food supply is lost to waste. But we're making progress on this issue, and food delivery app DoorDash is just one company that is taking steps to curb the problem.

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Of all the challenges we face on our planet today, issues of food access and hunger are of foremost concern. Along with inefficient distribution models, waste continues to plague our food systems, and it is estimated that nearly half of our global food supply goes to waste every year. But despair not: some of our best minds, scientists and entrepreneurs alike, are hard at work solving these problems. Today we look at just a few of them.

As reported by Reuters, New York startup Rise has devised a way to make flour out of the left-over barley used to make beer. Previously those “spent” grains went straight to a landfill, at the rate of about 5 million tons a year. Now those grains become flour, flour which can be used to make pi...

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