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Ugly Fruits, Vegetables Are Finally Making Their Way To Stores Instead Of Landfills

October 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The food industry is getting the message from both anti-waste activists and consumers that fruits and vegetables don’t have to be uniformly perfect cosmetically to be marketable. Throwing away imperfect produce, whether at the production, distribution, or retail levels, is a huge waste of money – $40 billion a year – considering the water, fertilizer, energy and other resources it takes to grow crops that are never eaten. But that’s changing now: it’s increasingly possible to purchase ugly, or “wonky,” produce at grocery stores where bargain-hunting shoppers enjoy the hefty discounts.
Beth Gardiner, "Food Industry Goes Beyond Looks to Fight Waste", The New York Times, October 24, 2016, © The New York Times Company
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