Have you noticed that when you go to the supermarket these days that the fruits and vegetables on sale are as perfect as they can be. The skins are shiny and smooth with no blemishes on them; the carrots and potatoes do not seem to have any unusual shapes. When growing up, my mom had a vegetable garden in which she grew her own vegetables – and I recall seeing many deformed looking carrots that we pulled out of the earth. Where do all these marked and ugly-looking vegetables go? They are thrown away. France has come up with a way to ensure that this food does not go to waste.
I love what they have done – and wish that this could be implemented here in Toronto. In adopting this practice, many families living on the breadline would be able to create more healthy meals for their children thus ensuring that they eat the required fruit and vegetables per day. This programme would also show shoppers that eating imperfect produce is not harmful to their bodies.
Would you eat inglorious fruits and vegetables?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014