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New Smart System Can Track Wasted Food


A new smart system is out with the goal of preventing food from ending up in a landfill.

A new device from Winnow makes use of artificial intelligence in order to determine the cost of wasted food. Currently, the world is throwing out roughly 1.6 billion tonnes of food every year. This adds up to about $1.2 trillion worth of food that is wasted when we throw it into the trash, only for them to end up in the dump.

Called ‘Winnow Vision,’ the system aims to help kitchen managers, chefs, and food service workers learn which specific foods they are over-ordering and how to adjust from there. The end goal is for these commercial establishments to begin buying only what they need, thus creating less food waste in the long run.

According to the press announcement, “Using a camera, a set of smart scales and the same type of machine learning technology found in autonomous vehicles, Winnow Vision ‘learns’ to recognize different foods being thrown in the bin and calculates the financial and environmental cost of this discarded food to commercial kitchens.”