The benefits of ugly carrots and failed lemons
Would you eat a “hideous orange” or a “ridiculous potato”? The produce above may look odd, but tastes just the same. Grocery stores commonly throw away anywhere from 20-40% of their fruits and vegetables simply because of the way they look.
This is just one of the steps in the “farm to fork” process where food is unnecessarily thrown away. In fact the United States wastes almost 40% of food to landfill. If we were to plant trees on the land used for this food waste we would be able to offset over 50% of human-made greenhouse gas emissions.
The Berkeley Food Institute is trying to find ways for us to reduce our food waste. Today they will hold a forum with students, businesses and organizations to find better solutions to this problem.
You can also read more here about what UC is doing to tackle other issues around food.
Someone should start a grocery store where they sell these kinds of vegetables for significantly less. Food costs are no joke and i would def buy “ugly” produce for half off (or more).