Reducing food waste and greenhouse gases from imperfect produce

August 26, 2020
misshapen carrots and potatoes


The produce you purchase at the grocery store may have visual appeal, but what happens to the produce that’s not picture perfect? In many cases, it becomes part of the 20 billion pounds of produce that goes to waste annually because of cosmetic reasons. The World Resources Institute reports that if it were a country, food waste would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, following the United States and China.

One company in Mercy Investment Services’ Environmental Solutions Fund portfolio is connecting farmers with imperfect produce to food and beverage companies, preventing it from going to waste. Full Harvest’s online platform connects farmers and buyers, increasing farmers’ yields and profits and saving buyers money that ultimately means lower prices for consumers. Learn more about Full Harvest online and in this news segment.

Recently, Full Harvest has partnered with community groups to identify small and minority-owned organic farmers suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and the Numi Tea Foundation are using Full Harvest’s platform to purchase produce from the farmers and distribute it to families in Oakland, California, with financial support from Salesforce and the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation. Read more about the partnership that’s working to provide 32,000 produce boxes of produce – the equivalent of 300 tons of produce – to families in the Oakland school district.