Food supply chain waste: A functional periodic table of bio-based resources

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Food supply chain waste (FSCW) is reaches 1.3 billion tonnes worldwide every year. This feedstock is rich in bio-derived platform chemicals currently underutilized and could help alleviate our societal dependence on crude oil for the production of materials and fuels. This chapter overviews global drivers for a bio-based society within the context of FSCW as a high-volume bioresource that has the potential to deliver functional molecules. Two case studies are reported, namely, vegetable proteins and biomolecules from tropical fruit wastes. The latter is increasingly becoming a global resource as tropical fruits are now consumed globally and not just in the region where they are produced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaste Biorefinery
Subtitle of host publicationPotential and Perspectives
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780444639929
ISBN (Print)9780444639936
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Bio-based chemicals
  • Food supply chain wastes
  • Tropical fruit wastes
  • Valorization
  • Vegetable proteins

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