Wasted food is destroying the environment, with some calculations showing that every ton of discarded food generates 3.8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. In the U.S. alone, 34 million tons of food waste was discarded in landfills in 2010. Food2Water has come up with a solution to this problem.

The company’s Food2Water Liquefier was developed to decompose food waste from grocery stores and restaurants before it leaves the facilities for a landfill.  When food is produced in such mass quantities, there is no doubt that a lot of it goes to waste. The Liquefier uses microorganisms to digest the organic food waste and convert it into water which can then be sent down the drain, reducing waste hauling costs by 40-70 percent for businesses. Each batch is completely digested within 24 hours. And if a single Liquefier is run at full capacity for one year, it can reduce CO2 emissions from food waste by 443,000 pounds.

“When Clients consider that they are effectively paying twice for the food they serve – once to purchase it and again to haul it away – reducing food waste becomes a no-brainer for helping the planet and increasing profits,” the company states on its website. 

While the result of the process leaves behind water that is not fit for drinking and must be sent to the sewer, the company is developing a way to convert it into potable water. Like the toilet water being processed into drinking water in places like Singapore, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be drinking water produced from the very food products we left on the shelves at the local grocery store. It may be a hard sell, but our future depends on us being able to reuse our most precious resource.

Check out a video of the Food2Water Liquefier:

[via Earth911]

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