Researchers at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) are solving two major problems faced by society today, food waste and energy production. The team reviews various ways in which food waste can be converted to fuels, power, heat and value added chemicals.
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Human beings, in their brief history, started off as hunter–gatherers hunting animals and birds, or collecting fruits and nuts to eat. They then invented agriculture, a revolutionary transformation from ‘collecting’ food to ‘growing’ it. Suddenly, acquiring food, which was one of the most important task of the early man, became a breeze. Today, in the era of technology, food production has reached new levels and so have our ways of handling the produce.