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

    Key Farmers 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

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    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

    $2366 /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

    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

    $1039 /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

    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

    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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