Verified Rescued ProduceTM

Help the Planet and Farmers with Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce®

The Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® Seal

The Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® seal provides a simple and clear way to communicate that the produce used in making innovative, sustainable products would have otherwise gone to waste. As part of Full Harvest’s third-party verification system, the Full Harvest seal allows food and beverage brands to showcase how their purchasing of rescued produce is helping to create new revenue opportunities for farmers, reduce food waste, water use, and CO2 emissions.

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On-Farm Food Waste

Often the perfectly delicious produce that farmers grow never makes it off of the farm. There are two primary reasons why on-farm produce is wasted:

  1. The produce they grow is “ugly” or imperfect - it does not meet strict retail aesthetic standards simply because it is not perfect looking. Only the produce or parts of the produce that meet strict specifications are harvested and the remainder is sometimes sold as off-grade, but is largely left in the fields to rot or sent to landfills.
  2. There is surplus as a result of overproduction, lack of selling opportunities or loss of demand.

Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce®

But not all surplus and imperfect produce is actually Verified Rescued™. To fully know whether or not produce is rescued, it requires an audit and verification process. That’s where Full Harvest can help. Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® is defined as produce or harvest byproduct that:

  1. Was grown for human consumption but is determined that it will go to waste at the time of evaluation.
  2. Has been verified through the Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® audit and evaluation process.

Full Harvest Offers the Industry’s First Third-Party Audit and Verification Process

Full Harvest’s proprietary verification process evaluates three key factors to determine if produce is rescued: type of produce, market conditions and harvest conditions.

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How it Works:

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Identify:

Full Harvest works with suppliers to identify edible surplus and imperfect produce that would otherwise go to waste.

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Verify:

Full Harvest verifies that the harvest would otherwise go to waste and helps suppliers sell their quality, excess produce to food and beverage companies.

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Consume:

Consumers purchase and enjoy CPG products made with Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® with the confidence that the products are helping suppliers and directly reducing food waste.

Farmer Benefits:

We’re creating more economic opportunity for America’s farmers by helping them get more out of their harvests. We help farmers identify and verify edible on-farm food waste, and then find ways to capture and sell it to new buyers via the Full Harvest marketplace.

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Since 2013, America's farmers and ranchers have experienced a nearly 50% drop in net farm income.

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Fighting Climate Change with Imperfect Produce:

While cars and cows are often recognized as large contributors to climate change, it is actually food waste that is the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Project Drawdown.  

Growing food requires water, energy and inputs like fertilizer that all have an environmental footprint.  When food is grown, but never harvested or consumed, all of the water and resources associated with this growing are wasted.   

The good news is that we can all help solve this by purchasing products made with Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce®.

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Food waste reduction is the #1 way to address climate change.         

Source: PROJECT DRAWDOWN

Success Story:

Full Harvest x Danone’s “Good Save” Greek Yogurt

Read more about how Danone uses Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS FULL HARVEST VERIFIED RESCUED PRODUCE®?

Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® is defined by Full Harvest as produce or its by-product that was grown for human consumption but is determined that it will go to waste at the time of evaluation.

While all Full Harvest produce either falls into surplus or imperfect and is being sold in service of reducing food waste, only some of it can be Verified RescuedTM - meaning that it can be verified that it would have gone to waste at the time of evaluation. Any category of Full Harvest produce above can qualify as Verified RescuedTM if it meets our strict verification requirements at the time of evaluation during our auditing process. When verified by a Full Harvest audit, the produce is officially considered “rescued”, meaning that it reduces food waste, and therefore qualifies for environmental benefits (Water savings and CO2 emissions avoidance). 

WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FOR FULL HARVEST VERIFIED RESCUED PRODUCE®?

As Verified RescuedTM equates to full food waste avoidance, we estimate that every one million pounds of Full Harvest Verified Rescued Produce® results in approximately 60 million gallons of water saved and 350k kg of CO2 emissions avoided based on reported food waste reduction metrics.  It is important to note that these calculations are generalized and do not account for farm and geography specific variations in water savings and CO2 avoidance.  A detailed water and CO2 lifecycle analysis is recommended for understanding exact environmental benefits.

WHAT IS FULL HARVEST’S AUDIT AND VERIFICATION PROCESS?

Full Harvest’s proprietary verification process evaluates three key factors to determine if produce is rescued: type of produce, market conditions and harvest conditions.  For more information, please reach out to sales@fullharvest.com .