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Crop scientist Dr. Sarah Taber, in fact, says that the industry is a sham. Just read her Twitter thread to understand why.
As someone who works in ag & food distribution I gotta disagree w this.
A lot of "ugly" food
-Won't survive distribution bc weird shapes makes it prone to getting smushed, bruised, start to rot, & make everything else in the box/crate rot. Broken skin does the same thing. https://t.co/O8USJYrSfT
“As someone who works in produce, this whole “ugly fruit” movement is actually kind of enraging bc it’s completely disconnected from what really happens in the supply chain. It’s a big honkin wad of bullshit that self-promoting foodies get away with bc nobody knows better.”
Why This Matters: The environmental cost of food waste is staggering: according to the Washington Post it claims “30 million acres of cropland, 4.2 trillion gallons of water, and nearly 2 billion pounds of fertilizer.” There are numerous policy and public awareness measures that could go a long way in reducing food waste, but it’s an issue that needs to be prioritized far more than it is. Especially in the context of fighting climate change.
What Does That Mean for Conscious Consumers?
This all can seem very overwhelming. Today, it can be hard to try to make environmentally conscious choices to only learn that it may not have been as great a choice as you thought. But there are steps you can make to help in the reduction of food waste, with or without these delivery services.
Try to make a plan for your meals so you only buy what you need.
Use (or try to use) all the food/produce that you buy.
Do research on the companies if you are thinking of signing up for a food delivery service. Such as Misfit Market that works to deliver to every zip code in the states that it operates in (not just richer urban areas).
Make donations to your local food pantries and other organizations that work to get food to people who need it most.
Support local growers and attend events like local farmer’s markets (when it is safe for you to attend
“The first thing I want to say is if you’re buying ugly produce and it’s working for you, that’s fine. Keep doing it. Don’t feel guilty. That’s how food systems are supposed to work — it’s supposed to get what you want. But you should not feel obligated to buy ugly fruit because someone told you it’s going to save the world. It’s not. It’s just supporting someone’s business model.”
According toThe Wall Street Journal, there are growing issues surrounding seasonal workers entering (or not) the U.S., protecting farmworkers from becoming ill, and if they do, finding replacements to ensure crops are harvested before they go bad.
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Reducing meat consumption is something we can all do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But if you want to eat fish, how do you know whether the fish you are buying in the grocery store or choosing in a restaurant is sustainably caught? Of course, there’s an app for that! Several actually. The folks […]