The Atlantic featured an interesting article on how to reduce food waste by hacking expiration dates through the use of AI. The article explains how chemists started tackling the problem of oxidative rancidity by using AI to suggest faster and more efficient means of determining effective antioxidant combinations.
I really liked your insights on the food supply chain. It was very interesting to see the breakdown of where the most loss occurs, and I was surprised to learn that the leading contributor to waste is consumer behavior. Although AI can help forecast demand, I wonder how effective it will be, considering that the underlying consumer preferences for aesthetically-pleasing produce will persist. Perhaps, as you mentioned, companies like Misfits Market and Hungry Harvest can mitigate this issue.
And while these technologies could assist large corporations in reducing waste, what about small scale farmers that cannot pay for such expensive measures? Similarly, how can developing nations, who struggle most with widespread hunger, afford costly AI to address their own FLW crises?