December 2021

California pushes composting to lower food waste emissions

December 13, 2021

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won’t have a place in California trashcans under the nation’s largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that’s set to take effect in January.

The effort is designed to keep landfills in the most populous U.S. state clear of food waste that damages the atmosphere as it decays. When food scraps and other organic materials break down they emit methane, a greenhouse gas more potent and damaging in the short-term than carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

Wonderful Company Awards UC Davis biotech spinout BCD Bioscience Zann Gates December 03, 2021
Congratulations to BCD Bioscience (founded by UC Davis scientists Matt Amicucci (former FST grad), Bruce German (Foods for Health and Food Science and Technology), Carlito Lebrilla (Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and Chemistry), and Dave Mills (Food Science and Technology) for being one of two applicants to win the inaugural Wonderful Innovation Challenge!