UAE’s favorite pass-time – eating out – could soon become greener with food waste slashed

Food waste costs the hospitality industry over $100 billion annually. (Shutterstock)
Updated 03 September 2019
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UAE’s favorite pass-time – eating out – could soon become greener with food waste slashed

  • The “Winnow Vision” camera, monitors food waste by learning to recognize ingredients as it is thrown away
  • The device was launched at an event organized by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

DUBAI: Food waste in the UAE’s commercial kitchens could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of an AI-powered device.

The amount of food thrown away is a big problem around the globe - it costs businesses billions and its bad for the environment. Now UK tech start-up, “Winnow” has introduced a new system to the UAE, which it claims can significantly cut the amount of food going to waste by preventing it from being bought in the first place.




Headed by the Minister of Climate Change and Environment and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, the event brought together leading government and private sector entities to sign the UAE Food Waste Pledge. (WAM)

According to the company’s website, “winnowsolutions,” “food waste costs the hospitality industry over $100 billion annually. Kitchens can waste up to 20 percent of food purchased, often equivalent to their total net profits.”

Launched at an event organized by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the “Winnow Vision” camera, monitors food waste by learning to recognize ingredients as it is thrown away. It then provides detailed information on the amount food discarded so that stock purchasing is better informed.

The event also saw government and private entities sign the “UAE Food Waste Pledge” initiative that aims to save 2m meals in 2019 and 3m in 2020.


Iran’s Hassan Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay

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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation could be forced into skipping next week’s UN General Assembly because the United States has yet to issue them visas, state media said Wednesday.
Rouhani and his delegation had been scheduled to travel to New York for the annual UN gathering on Monday, but that was now looking unlikely given the lack of visas, state news agency IRNA said.
“If the visas aren’t issued in a few hours, this trip will probably be canceled,” IRNA reported.
The delegation includes Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, who the United States imposed sanctions against on July 31.
The foreign minister had been due to travel to New York on Friday morning, according to IRNA.
The absence of Rouhani would ruin France’s bid to arrange a meeting between him and US President Donald Trump as part of European efforts to de-escalate tensions between the arch-foes.
“Iran’s absence will show that in contrast with its commitments to the United Nations and international organizations within the framework of agreements, diplomacy has no value for the United States,” IRNA said.
“Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has not left the scene and it continues its active diplomacy, the US government must answer for its behavior,” it added.
The UN General Assembly debate is due to begin on Tuesday.
As the host government, the United States generally is obliged to issue visas to diplomats who serve at UN headquarters.
But Iran and the United States have been at loggerheads since May last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal and began reimposing sanctions in its campaign of “maximum pressure.”
Iran responded by scaling back its commitments under the landmark accord, which gave it the promise of sanctions relief in return for limiting the scope of its nuclear program.