Waste to Taste

Don't Waste Your Waste

We hope to reduce food insecurity by introducing a waste management system in rural households to produce animal feed for chickens.

Use Case

Our goal is to implement a sustainable, cyclical system through a waste-conversion bin for individual houses. It will be a compartmentalized bin in which paper trash and food waste are deposited. After the waste is deposited, the crickets, which already will be in the bin, will feed for two weeks on the waste, resulting in an increased cricket number and a decreased amount of waste. After adequate cricket growth, a round metal block will press the crickets, forming a non-living cricket mass. This mass can then be shoveled out and used as chicken feed, allowing more chickens to be fed and chickens reproducing at a rapid rate. The increased amount of chicken will supply needed protein and calories, and increase the overall health of the household in a cost-effective, waste reducing manner.

Potential

Waste is an ever-increasing, global problem, and developing countries are often the hardest hit places. These countries have poor waste management systems, resulting in a substantial amount of litter, causing various ecological and health problems. Many developing countries also have a scarcity of food, specifically protein, leading to potentially fatal caloric and protein deficiencies such as kwashiorkor and marasmus. With a surplus of waste, but a scarcity of trash, an innovative system to transform waste into food has the potential to solve the waste crisis, and the food crisis. Our waste-conversion bin will incentivize household trash disposal, reduce littering, create free, chicken feed, and reduce hunger and food deficiencies in many countries in an innovative and sustainable way.

Business Case

Cost of Start-up Materials: ● Trash can - $5 ● Labor Fees - Possible project with Innovation Lab ● Sugar - $1 ● Trash - less than $1 ● Starter pack (waste conversion bin, sugar, crickets, instruction manual) Benefits of Crickets for Waste Management: ● Animal feed - Crickets are self-sustaining and cost less than corn and wheat feed. ● Use of water - Less than one gallon versus thousands for corn and wheat crops. ● They take up less space. Outcomes of Cost and Benefits: ● The business of crickets for waste management is volatile and almost under the radar. ● Marketing issues - There is not much of a market for cricket feed for chickens. ● Educational campaign to distribute starter packs and focus groups to teach others how to use and why it is beneficial.

Objectives:

  1. Reduce organic waste: food scraps and paper waste.
  2. Produce natural chicken feed at a low cost for individual, rural farmers in developing countries.
  3. Feed a larger portion of the population with larger chickens that consume natural feed.

Team Waste to Taste

Durham, NC, United States of America

Our Team

Infographic / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Infographic

You're Doing What?! / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

You're Doing What?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9sxfR68Mss

Our Pitch / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Our Pitch

https://vimeo.com/193464332

Meet the Team / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Meet the Team

Waste to Taste is composed of five undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University. All of us are taking a class in the Duke Global Health Institute called Global Nutrition, taught by Dr. Dori Steinberg. The Thought For Food challenge is a class project that we hope becomes so much more than that.

Our team comes from all different academic backgrounds, but we all have the same mission is mind: use Waste to Taste to feed nine billion people by 2050.

Jennie is a second year candidate for the Masters in International Development Policy Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy. After graduation, she hopes to work in the field of food security and entrepreneurship with a focus on West Africa.

Ben is a first year graduate candidate pursuing his master’s in Global Health at Duke University. Ben’s goal after completion of his master’s degree is to pursue a career in global nutrition, hoping to work as a Nutrition Director/Specialist for a faith based organization in a developing country.

Aimee is senior at Duke University studying Global Health and International Comparative Studies. She is interested in international health development focused on nutrition and food security.
Allia is a first year candidate for a Master’s of Science in Global Health through the Duke Global Health Institute. She hopes to attend medical school to become a neonatologist after obtaining her master’s degree.

Hailey is a first year candidate in the Masters of Science in Global Health program through the Duke Global Health Institute. She graduated from Duke University in 2016, with a BA in Global Health and Spanish and plans to use her academic and personal skills to empower others.

Our Logo / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Our Logo

Our waste conversion bin is patent pending!

Our Mission

Waste to Taste hopes to reduce food insecurity by introducing a waste management system in rural households where crickets eat waste and are then used as animal feed for chickens. Our main objectives are to 1) reduce organic waste: food scraps and paper waste 2) produce natural chicken feed at a low cost for rural farmers living in Haiti and 3) feed a larger portion of the population with larger chickens that consume natural feed.

Our Background

Waste to Taste is composed of five undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University. All of us are taking a class in the Duke Global Health Institute called Global Nutrition, taught by Dr. Dori Steinberg. The Thought For Food challenge is a class project that we hope becomes so much more than that. Our team comes from all different academic backgrounds, but we all have the same mission is mind: use Waste to Taste to feed nine billion people by 2050.

Infographic / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Infographic

You're Doing What?! / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

You're Doing What?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9sxfR68Mss

Our Pitch / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Our Pitch

https://vimeo.com/193464332

Meet the Team / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Meet the Team

Waste to Taste is composed of five undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University. All of us are taking a class in the Duke Global Health Institute called Global Nutrition, taught by Dr. Dori Steinberg. The Thought For Food challenge is a class project that we hope becomes so much more than that.

Our team comes from all different academic backgrounds, but we all have the same mission is mind: use Waste to Taste to feed nine billion people by 2050.

Jennie is a second year candidate for the Masters in International Development Policy Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy. After graduation, she hopes to work in the field of food security and entrepreneurship with a focus on West Africa.

Ben is a first year graduate candidate pursuing his master’s in Global Health at Duke University. Ben’s goal after completion of his master’s degree is to pursue a career in global nutrition, hoping to work as a Nutrition Director/Specialist for a faith based organization in a developing country.

Aimee is senior at Duke University studying Global Health and International Comparative Studies. She is interested in international health development focused on nutrition and food security.
Allia is a first year candidate for a Master’s of Science in Global Health through the Duke Global Health Institute. She hopes to attend medical school to become a neonatologist after obtaining her master’s degree.

Hailey is a first year candidate in the Masters of Science in Global Health program through the Duke Global Health Institute. She graduated from Duke University in 2016, with a BA in Global Health and Spanish and plans to use her academic and personal skills to empower others.

Our Logo / Published December 1, 2016 by Hailey Diaz

Our Logo

Our waste conversion bin is patent pending!

Our Team

Our Mission

Waste to Taste hopes to reduce food insecurity by introducing a waste management system in rural households where crickets eat waste and are then used as animal feed ...Read More

Our Background

Waste to Taste is composed of five undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University. All of us are taking a class in the Duke Global Health Institute called ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.