The Ever-Fresh Food

Imagine a future in which no food goes to waste or rots away. Do we have the technologies we need to make that happen? If so, what are they? Let us know!

The Ever-Fresh Food - Reducing Perishability of Fresh Food: Methods to reduce the perishability of fresh food.

Stipulations: The winning team will come up with novel, affordable and accessible methods to reduce food spoilage along the value chain, and dramatically extend the shelf life of fresh food, while preserving its nutrition value, freshness, safety, taste and texture.

Importance: The later the food loss along the value chain, the greater the negative environmental impact. Wasted food not only means wasted resources that went into producing it, but also additional harm from replacing the wasted food by producing more. Furthermore, the wasted food itself, if dumped into landfills and left to rot, contributes to additional greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that food loss and waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This XPRIZE will reduce food loss and waste by reducing the perishability of fresh food.

We would like to invite the community to analyze this prize idea from the perspective of six stakeholder groups:

  • Finance and investment
  • Culture and activism
  • Community builders and connectors
  • Multinational corporations
  • Policymakers and regulators
  • Entrepreneurs and innovators
  • When you put yourself in the shoes in one of these groups, how might this prize idea change? Are there things you would add, amplify, or modify?