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July 2018

How a taste for waste makes sustainable food

At a glance
The intern

Maria Arzamendi from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Hosted by

Dr. Filiz Koksel in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba

The research

Using bakery by-products for the creation of high-protein, fiber-rich nutritious snacks

With the world’s population increasing rapidly and expected to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, researchers at the University of Manitoba are looking into one of the greatest challenges associated with population growth. How can we feed growing numbers of people while reducing the food industry’s environmental footprint?

Led by Professor Filiz Koksel, the team, including Maria Arzamendi, a Mitacs Globalink intern from Mexico, is developing strategies to reduce food waste by using bakery by-products to create high-protein, fiber-rich snacks.

The researchers are combining leftover bread crumbs from a bakery with pulse flour, which is flour from legume crops, and using a novel technique to manipulate the food structure during processing. The local ingredients are resource efficient, environmentally friendly, and nutritional.

“The project underlines a priority for Canadian prairie farmers to grow, rather than raise, protein sources,” says Professor Koksel. “It also coincides with the Government of Canada’s recent supercluster investment to prioritize innovation in the agri-food sector to manufacture nutritionally dense and palatable plant proteins.”

For Maria, her Globalink internship represents an opportunity to be a part of something that could benefit future generations. “The ultimate goal of our research is to achieve a more sustainable food future while making healthier and nutritional snacks for Canadians. I am so excited to see where our work takes us.”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and Research Manitoba for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink research internship program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan.

In addition, Mitacs is pleased to work with the following international partners to support Globalink: Universities Australia; Brazil's Unidersidade de Sao Paulo; the China Scholarship Council; Campus France; the German Academic Exchange Service; Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education and Tecnológico de Monterrey; Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education; Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Mission Universitaire de Tunisie en Amerique du Nord; and the Ukrainian-Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko.

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