Food excess and by-product processing ‘ecosystem’ mode

Burey, Paulomi and Panchal, Sunil and Helwig, Andreas (2019) Food excess and by-product processing ‘ecosystem’ mode. In: 13th International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF13), 23-26 Sept, 2019, Melbourne, Australia.


Abstract

Horticultural food producers and processors typically have Food Excess and By-products (FE&Bs) generated during their operations, the value of which is underutilised. FE&Bs still often end up in landfill, improperly composted, or given away as animal feed, despite there being no shortage of technical strategies available to deal with this issue. FE&Bs are a rich source of water, bioactive compounds and fibre and could be used to produce high value nutritional and food products, as well as structural enhancements for composite material systems, including packaging. Techno-economics, missing links in the food supply chain to connect FE&Bs to these alternative product pathways, and lack of infrastructure are current hurdles. Investigations are nearing completion to determine the best FE&Bs processing and valorisation ‘ecosystem’ that approaches viable full circular economy by overcoming these hurdles. Development of such an ‘ecosystem’ to transform FE&Bs could increase the value of food producers’ product, and create new industries. To analyse such a system, we propose here a FE&Bs valorisation model, which takes into account several key influencing factors, including material composition and energy content, transport distance and cost, processing type (mobile or fixed), processing costs and time. The model also examines weighting these factors, based on effort of implementation from an economic viewpoint and/or perception of importance from a social virtue perspective. A simple processing and valorisation ecosystem test scenario is presented, highlighting the benefits of FE&Bs process symbiosis/integration. Australian food production test cases are presented here, but this model could be modified for most situations.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sept 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 00:01
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2020 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food waste, food valorisation
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0908 Food Sciences > 090802 Food Engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820202 Berry Fruit (excl. Kiwifruit)
B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820215 Vegetables
B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820203 Citrus Fruit
B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820210 Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37273

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