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Ugly Fruits & Veggies: Why They Matter (Video)

This French grocery store just started doing what every grocery store should be doing: selling produce that is edible. This means selling produce that doesn’t fit into the manicured expectation of a perfectly shaped tomato or carrot. And then, the best part –selling it at a discount. This is an amazing and practical way to curb food waste.

Countries like Norway are close to following France’s example. As Care2 petition author Franziska Kalisch points out, we must stop throwing away healthy and natural produce.

Even the wealthiest and most successful countries owe it to impoverished children, families, and the environment to stop needlessly trashing healthy and nutritious foods. Franziska writes, “…There were 78 200 children [in Norway] that lived in poverty in 2012. How can we know of this and at the same time throw away perfectly edible food that could feed hundreds of people every day?”

A valuable question that every country must ask.

Sign Franziska Kalisch’s petition today to help end food waste.

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Kara Foran

Kara is an editor for Care2's Healthy Living. She's happiest when engaging with creative, bright and loving people--whether they are the stranger on the bus or a friend of twenty years. Her passion for people is only matched by her love of animals and a deep interest in whole and raw food benefits. She constantly looks for ways to make her daily lifestyle healthier and more fulfilling--a wonderful and never-ending task.

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5:25AM PDT on May 13, 2015

Our stores donate it.

4:02PM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

One need only clean the "ugly" fruits and vegetables. They still taste good and provide many nutrients.

6:52PM PDT on Mar 31, 2015

thanks, video is private though

5:02AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

Yes, why is the video 'private'. Are the vegies that ugly that our eyes would be seared by the sight of them?

4:40AM PDT on Mar 23, 2015

Ok, so the video is private... how can we watch it?

6:02AM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

I don't usually find this to be a problem at the farmer's market. At a local grocer, such things are often donated (which still helps someone and the market gets a tax break for it), or marked down in price, sometimes sold in a group ... such as a bag of apples that might have bruises (when people aren't buying those ... and some people who want or need the price break do... I sometimes buy them for wildlife, particularly on harsh winter days).
Some local vendors will use the less attractive produce in soups, sauces, casseroles, etc., as well. The tomato soup does not care if the tomato was flat on one side.

1:47AM PST on Jan 24, 2015

Live long and prosper!

11:29AM PST on Dec 16, 2014

"This video is private"

Huh?

12:48PM PST on Dec 4, 2014

Video wouldn't play for me either. Aaah well. I still wouldn't turn up my nose at a wonky banana or oddly shaped carrot.

12:02PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

These veggies may be ugly...but they taste great!

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