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Business Insider reports that Walmart is developing a technology - dubbed “Eden” - that “inspects fruits and vegetables for defects and can accurately predict the exact date when it will spoil.” The technology is projected to save Walmart as much as $2 billion over the next five years, mostly in the elimination of food waste.

Eden already has been deployed to 43 Walmart distribution centers around the country, the story says, and soon will be expanded to the farms of Walmart suppliers.

Among the things that Eden is said to be able to do is “predict the shelf life of produce … using factors like appearance and temperatures where it is stored.” And, if “temperatures spike on trucks carrying produce, Eden will reroute the truck to a closer destination, since rising temperatures shorten shelf life.”
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