Is the “ugly produce” movement hype or solution?

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Ugly Produce. Photo credit: Scot Nelson/CC 2.0, via Flickr

60 million tons of fruits and vegetables get thrown away in the U.S. every year, according to the USDA. Some of that produce is thrown away for cosmetic reasons, and in recent years there’s been a movement to salvage it. But some say the so-called “ugly produce” movement is actually a bit of a hustle.

Sarah Taber is a crop scientist who live in North Carolina. In a recent tweetstorm, she argued that in order to truly tackle the problem of food waste, we have to understand the supply chain.

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Evan Kleiman

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Nick Liao, Joseph Stone, Laryl Garcia