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World-Class Chefs Are Using Olympic Village Leftovers to Feed the Hungry

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Massimo Bottura at the 2012 Olympics. Image credit: Dino Panato/Getty

It takes a lot of food to fuel this year’s roster of Olympic competitors. Approximately 460,000 pounds of raw ingredients are shipped into the Olympic Village on a daily basis—but not all of it ends up on the athletes’ plates. As Independent reports, a group of chefs are now working to transform Olympic Village leftovers that would otherwise be destined for the trash into meals for Rio’s hungry citizens.

The initiative, dubbed RefettoRio Gastromotiva, strives to provide 5000 meals a day to the city’s poorest residents using unwanted ingredients. The three-course meals served at the “avant-garde soup kitchen” include an antipasto, a main course, and a dessert made from components like bruised fruits and vegetables and dairy products a few days from expiring. After the Olympics and Paralympics have concluded, the project will live on as a social business, providing vocational training to people looking to enter the restaurant industry.

RefettoRio Gastromotiva is a collaboration between Brazilian chef David Hertz and Italian chef Massimo Bottura. Bottura is the culinary mastermind behind Osteria Francescana, the number-one restaurant in the world. He led a similar initiative last year in Milan, and according to Eater the next stop on his fight against hunger appears to be the Bronx in New York City sometime next year.

[h/t Independent]

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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