Food waste has been declared a global challenge by the United Nations, and over the past year, some B.C. entrepreneurs have stepped up to make use of second-grade produce that often ends up in landfills.
But for Oliver’s Greg Masson, finding a home for blemished fruits and veggies is nothing new. In fact, his organization Okanagan Gleaners has been doing it for 20 years — and fighting world hunger in the process.
The organization collects excess fruits and vegetables that would otherwise end up in a landfill due to aesthetic issues that keep them from making it to supermarket shelves. The team dehydrates them, turns them into dry vegetable soup mix and ships them to different charities around the world.
“When we started in 1996, we were able to produce 100,000 servings of soup,” Masson told host Sheryl MacKay on CBC’s North by Northwest. “In 2016, we were able to provide 6.8 million servings of soup.”
In the last year alone, …
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