The Pacific Northwest region is endowed with diverse agricultural, aquatic and other natural resources that are of critical importance to the US economy. Among these are grains, legumes, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, fish, and other aquatic products that are usually processed for human consumption. During the processing steps, large quantities of byproducts and co-products are generated. These byproducts can and should be converted into enhanced valued food and other non-food products to increase the profitability of the various commodities. Brassica seed meals (BSM) and fish processing byproducts can be made into value added films with bioactive and antimicrobial properties to improve food safety (which has been listed by USDA NIFA as one of the five societal challenge areas). These enhanced value products can be prepared using novel processing
technologies, including ultrasound and microwave-assisted extraction followed by drying into continuous films, powders, or flakes for direct use or further processing into other products. This project will lead to the development of new processing techniques and products while solving environmental problems associated with the disposal food processing byproducts.