The UK faces 7 million tons of food waste every year. Appalled by this situation, scientists have developed a computer chip that can be inserted into food packaging to detect the freshness of the contents. As the food nears its expiration date, it would send a text message to the owner, reminding them to consume it before it spoils.
While all fresh food packages are stamped with an expiration date, people rarely take notice of it. But hopefully, this new feature would help people decrease the amount of food waste produced.
According to reports, the commercialization of the chip is imminent. Such developments can offer a solution for this particular societal problem, but the decision ultimately resides in our hands. Whether or not we choose to change our wasteful behaviors is not dependent on technology, but rather on our own conscience. Nonetheless, this technological improvement can guide us towards a more sustainable future should we choose to adjust our practices.