Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.
Even at the CSA I belong to – when people are there picking up their food they are going through it looking for the perfect ones. I’m like, WTF, grab your food and get out of the way! It’s ridiculous. It’s a habit and it’s disgusting.