Opportunity mapping for horticultural waste streams

Approximately 74 per cent of Canadian fruit and vegetable waste occurs before reaching consumers for a myriad of reasons.

One third of that total, considered unavoidable because of current processing and grading standards, generates expenses for producers and processors who must dispose at landfills, ship to neighbouring livestock farms, or allow to decompose on unused plots of land.

To tackle this issue and help increase the industry’s environmental sustainability, Vineland examined underutilized waste streams for the top seven Canadian produce crops and identified the range of opportunities for managing these by-products.

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More than 15 million pounds of greenhouse tomatoes with minor cosmetic defects are landfilled annually
More than 15 million pounds of greenhouse tomatoes with minor cosmetic defects are landfilled annually.
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