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Who's to Blame for Supermarkets Rejection of Ugly Fruits and Vegetables?

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Fields of wasted crops lie testament to our fussy shopping habits and the refusal of supermarkets to stock edible but less-than-perfect-looking food

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Past Member (0)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 3:26 am
thanks, noted

Ellen m (215)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 3:40 am
Yes, there's plenty of blame to go around.
If this stuff went to foodbanks it would be slightly more palatable, but wasting in the fields is absolute insanity when so many in this country go to sleep hungry..Thanks

Patricia E. G (54)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 4:00 am
Thank you Cal

Carol H (229)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 4:42 am
noted, thanks Cal

Alice C (1797)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 6:20 am
A lot of this food can go to farms to feed farm animals....chickens, ducks, geese, goats, cows love veggies !

Holly Lawrence (430)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 9:15 am
YES, give these vegetanles to the Food Bank or charitis that feed the homeless! I so believe inthe regulations to a point - otherwsie we would be receiving crap at the grocery store's all about the money:(

pam w (139)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:18 am
This comes from being so far removed from "REAL" food!

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:46 am
Noted. I find this really shameful, in a world where people do not have enough to eat.

. (0)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:46 am
The trail of blame for not getting these vegetables to the hungry is irresponsible, and down right immoral.
This begins right at the farm that separates these vegetables, to the supermarket chains who do not call upon food banks to take them.

Emily L (23)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:51 am
This is such a shame! Plus we shouldn't be conditioned to expect unnaturally perfect looking veggies it leads to things like waste and genetic modification... shape is not the best way to judge produce there are so many charities that would be grateful for this rotting food...

Kristina C (73)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 11:15 am
This is truly insane! Who makes such decisions???? If we don't get to see these 'ugly' fruits and veggies - we will never have the opportunity to chose them.

Christoffer B (18)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 11:36 am
The consumer is to blame, if companies see that "ugly" fruits are left behind they will of course try and reduce their waste, and thus will end up selling only nice looking fruits.

W. C (7)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:09 pm
Thank you for information.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 30, 2011, 8:58 am
I thought the rules were set in Europe and that the UK recently said they would allow ugly fruit, but I guess it's up to people buying it.

Gillian M (218)
Friday December 30, 2011, 1:58 pm
When I was younger (Cal, don't ask how long ago) I would go to the greengrocers with my mum and buy so many pounds of spuds and they would be taken out of a bag, weighed and put into a shopping bag followed by carrots, cauliflower or whatever was in season. They were often funny shapes but that was how they came and that was how we peeled and cooked them. The supermarkets started buying them and choosing what they wanted. We, the consumers, didn't ask for these but the supermarkets did this as people seemed to like the easier to peel stuff. To me they may "look better" but they do not taste as nice. I'd rather have a carrot like the one in the picture along with the taste than the "nicer" looking one and no taste.

Carmen S (611)
Friday December 30, 2011, 2:22 pm
noted, very sad that food is wasted like that when so many people are hungry, thanks Cal
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