Australia: A new project aims to convert garbage — including fish byproducts — into valuable products

One company’s food waste could be transformed into another’s treasure – or even a product that improves our health and wellbeing. This is the premise of research at the University of Sydney that’s investigating how discarded food can be rich in nutrients.

Professor Fariba Dehghani, of the university’s school of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is leading the ongoing project and says its aim is to find better ways to use the entire fruit, veg or seafood, including the skin and shells.

“Valuable resources are ending up as waste. But some of this waste can easily be converted into high-value products such as nutraceuticals – food products that are fortified with vitamins or minerals and that provide health benefits as well as nutritional value – or to generate energy,” Dehghani says.

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