What’s on : Cafe-scientifique

Waste not want not; using new science to make more from unavoidable food waste.

3 Jul 2019
Start time
7:30 PM
City Screen Basement Bar
Elspeth Bartlet and Emma Needham, BioVale

Event Information

Waste not want not; using new science to make more from unavoidable food waste. How can we move from our ‘throwaway society’ to a world without waste?

Most of us instinctively feel that it’s wrong to waste food; and yet: around a third of all food produced is wasted, leading to both financial losses and environmental problems. Consumer campaigns in the UK such as ‘Love food, Hate Waste’ are encouraging us to become less wasteful in our everyday lives but there will always be some types of waste that are hard to avoid, particularly from farms and food processing factories; think wheat straw, potato peelings or tomato skins.
To address this global waste issue; scientists and innovative businesses are developing new ways to turn these unavoidable food wastes into a wide range of bio-based products, i.e. products that are partly (or fully) made from a renewable plant or waste material. This will reduce our dependency on petrochemicals, so providing sustainable business income and benefiting the environment.

Given by Elspeth Bartlet and Emma Needham from York based bioeconomy innovation cluster, BioVale, this talk will cover the EU-funded project Agrimax. The project has built two biorefineries (like an oil-refinery but using bio-based starting materials) to develop a range of products from waste streams for the food, packaging and agricultural sectors.

Doors open 7pm. Tickets are free and can be pre-booked in person, by phone or on-line with City Screen (0871 902 5726)

Alternatively tickets are available on the night of the event at the City Screen Ticket Desk –- limited to 70 for this event.