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Permalink Costs of Unsold Vermont Crops Calculated in New Report

Salvation Farms reports in Morning Ag Clips on research by students at the University of Vermont that found 140 million gallons of water and upwards of $20,500 worth of fuel (8,000 gallons) are used per year to grow crops that never make it to people. The research results appear in a new report, An Analysis of the Environmental Impact of Food Loss on Farms in Vermont. The report's calculations were based on a 2016 study that used farmer surveys to estimate that 14.3 million pounds of edible, Vermont-grown vegetable and berries go unharvested or unsold each year. Salvation Farms notes that the students' findings support the need to create supply chain practices and improvements to manage surplus crops.

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