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Japan Tests AI For Food Waste Reduction

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Japanese weather services provider says it is determined to apply artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to reduce the 6.4 million tons of edible food that is thrown out annually. The Japan Weather Association (JWA), working with retailers, food producers and other companies, has developed a system that predicts food demand. It analyzes weather information, sales data, and other factors to project trends. Companies can use the information to scale back excess production and cut inventory losses. Included in the research is data on several dozen products, including cold ramen sauce, tofu, coffee and carbonated drinks. Adjusting production by using the data could reduce wasted noodle sauce by 40 percent and discarded tofu by 30 percent.
Kazuki Nagoya, "AI could solve Japan's food waste problem", Nikkei Asian Review, April 28, 2016, © Nikkei Inc.
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