Combination of factors contributes to U.S. food loss

Issue Date: February 5, 2020

Factors influencing food loss on farms and in distribution channels include price volatility, employee costs and availability, supply chain constraints, retail and consumer quality standards, contract incentives and existing policy, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report explores economic drivers of food loss on the farm and in pre-retail sectors, with a focus on fresh produce.

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