FOOD WASTE & COSMETIC DEFECTS
Once, while leading a farm tour, Henry pointed to minor insect damage on a leaf and said, “If I tried to sell that at Jewel, they’d throw me out of the store! ‘We can’t sell this!’” And he’s right. The demands of the industrial food supply are for uniformity and “perfection.” But as Henry went on to explain, “That hole right there isn’t gonna hurt you; that hole doesn’t taste bad!” And it’s true. It’s also true that the imperfections you may see on organic produce (a hole in a leaf, a twisted carrot, or forked radish) are preferable to the chemicals you can’t see.
Here are some sites providing more information about the huge problem of food waste, and other hazards of “perfect” produce, which is often like the apple in Sleeping Beauty, beautiful but poisonous.
Overview and facts about food waste:
Good video, plus many ways you can prevent food waste