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    Farmers can seek to reduce the ~10 million tons of cosmetically imperfect or unharvested food lost each year.

    Key Farmer Actions

    • Collaborate with food businesses to further develop a secondary market for Imperfect Produce.
    • Leverage Value-Added Processing, both on farms and through partner organizations, to turn excess produce into soups or shelf-stable products for new profit- or donation-driven businesses.

    Key Farmers Solutions

    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Jobs Created

    Donation Storage & Handling

    Expanding temperature-controlled food distribution infrastructure (e.g. refrigeration, warehouses) and labor availability to handle (e.g. process, package) additional food donation volume

    $2,366 /ton
    in financial benefit

    103 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    172 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    381 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    50 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    2,145
    jobs created

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    Produce Specifications (Imperfect Produce)

    Accepting and integrating the sale of off-grade produce (short shelf life, different size/shape/color), also known as "imperfect produce", into food business menu planning and product lines

    $1,039 /ton
    in financial benefit

    266 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    422 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    39 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Value-Added Processing

    Building processing infrastructure equipment and facilities to freeze or convert donated or excess food into products such as soups, sauces, and jams

    $2,783 /ton
    in financial benefit

    102 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    171 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    299 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    38 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    153
    jobs created

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    Tools for action

    The Roadmap demonstrates that achieving a 20% reduction in food waste will generate a positive financial, social, and environmental return on investment. To make that happen, crosscutting actions are needed in four areas. Click to learn more about each tool.

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