The Food Waste and Loss Challenge Area aims to address the social, economic, and environmental impacts from food waste and food loss. There are tremendous opportunities to influence economic impacts and environmental consequences through reclamation of agricultural products that are lost along the entire food chain. This Challenge Area includes, but is not limited to, research that leads to the development of novel uses for agricultural waste (waste valorization), improves storage and distribution that leads to food loss reduction, develops tracking and monitoring, minimizes spoilage through pre- and post-harvest innovation, and changes behavior to reduce food waste.

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