Americans throw away many pounds of fruits and vegetables each year. That is a waste of food. It is bad for the environment. But some people are working to change it. They are selling and eating ugly food.
Not all fruits and vegetables look perfect. Some are crooked or an odd color. But these ugly foods are fresh. They taste good.
COURTESY GIANT EAGLE
Some stores are starting to sell ugly food. This store calls it “produce with personality.”
JIM WILSON—THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX
These men sell fruits and vegetables that aren’t pretty. They pack the produce and send boxes to customers.
BILL O’LEARY—THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES
Some apples don’t look pretty. People won’t buy them. These women make healthy snacks from unwanted apples.
HIROKO MASUIKE—THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX
Some towns and states have laws about food waste. People can’t throw away fruit-and-vegetable scraps. They need to be put in bins for compost. This cuts down on trash.
What can you do to help stop food waste?
Did you know that you can recycle some food waste? This is called composting. Look at this composting chart. Use it to answer the questions.