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The main goal of the BreadFeed project is to increase farmers' incomes while reducing their feed costs. In addition, this project helps reduce bread waste. According to research, about 900,000 tons of bread is wasted every year, and in addition to wasting our resources, when bread is thrown in landfills, it becomes moldy and turns into methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas, and this leads to various environmental problems. On the other hand, the majority of farmers are poorly educated workers who have financial problems and are not dependent on another source of work. So, they are self-employed and create jobs for others. In addition, given the climate change and weather conditions such as droughts and floods, the cost of products and animal feed is rising. Some farmers cannot even afford to pay for animal feed.
To get animal feed from leftover bread, special boxes are placed in restaurants and residences to collect bread, rice, and corn. Then, they are mixed to make the product. The obtained product, which is 95% bread, is delivered to farmers. The feed obtained through the above-mentioned process was sent to the Baku Innovation and Research Center. It was tested several times to obtain a satisfactory product quality with different ingredients quantities. In addition, to ensure the quality of the samples, the feed was tested by the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan and certified for high quality. According to the results, the product contains 1.42% fat, 10.5% protein, and 60.97 kcal energy per 100 grams. By selling the product, farmers saved up to 75 percent of the cost per kilogram of feed. So far, $ 4,000 has been earned and 100 kg of bread has been recycled. It is planned to collect bread from 100 different places and involve more than 50 farmers in this project next year.