New data from the Upcycled Food Association (UFA) shows upcycled products are having an unprecedented and growing impact on the ability to prevent food waste. The organization predicts that the 141 Upcycled Certified™ products and ingredients they have certified will have the ability to prevent more than 703 million pounds of food waste per year.

“Upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, and have a positive impact on the environment,” according to an official definition co-authored by Harvard Law School, Drexel University, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), ReFED, and other experts.

Around the world, approximately US$1 trillion worth of food is lost or wasted every year. Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ranks food waste reduction as the number one solution that can help curb climate emissions. The upcycled products and ingredients certification aims to capture that lost value, while also educating consumers about the tangible contributions they can make to creating a sustainable and resilient food system.

Read the full article about upcycled products by Vicky Brown Varela at Food Tank.