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(Daily Mail)   Fifteen million tonnes of food worth more than £19 billion is thrown away in Britain every year because: A) It's tainted, B) It's lost in transit, or C) It's ugly   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 45
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2014-01-11 12:32:08 AM
Wasn't that pretty much the premise of the creation of "baby carrots"?

/according to article recently linked on Farked
 
2014-01-11 12:48:58 AM
D) It's English.
 
2014-01-11 07:30:37 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Wasn't that pretty much the premise of the creation of "baby carrots"?

/according to article recently repeatedly linked on Farked


ftfy
 
2014-01-11 07:30:49 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: D) It's English.


This.

How many pounds of spotted dick are included in that figure.

/you also spelled TONS wrong
/'Merica!
 
GBB
2014-01-11 07:30:50 AM
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2014-01-11 07:32:41 AM
Yay, here come the "English food is awful" jokes.  I bet nobody saw that coming.
 
2014-01-11 07:34:05 AM
God don't let the Old Lady find out it's ok to throw out things just because they're ugly...


/I'm don't want to sleep at the dump
 
2014-01-11 07:35:47 AM
"I can't eat this dick.  It's spotted!!  Ugh."
 
2014-01-11 07:47:33 AM
Same thing happens in the U.S. but most of the "ugly" produce is scrapped in the packing shed, not at the grocer's.

Yes, we could feed a lot of people with the produce that is discarded for not being cosmetically perfect.  But selling it at greatly reduced prices or giving it to food pantries would cannibalize the market and depress the prices people would be willing to pay for the picture perfect stuff.  So then the government would have to get involved and pay producers a "fair" price, then give the stuff away to people on SNAP.  Of course, giving it to SNAP recipients would be seen as demeaning to those recipients because they are only worth 2nd class goods.  Some of you may remember "government cheese."

So, we'll just keep throwing it away.
 
2014-01-11 07:52:44 AM

danpanic77: /you also spelled TONS wrong


You're confusing tonnes with tons. A tonne is 1000kg, where-as a ton is 19786 and 19/64 goat bladders.
 
2014-01-11 07:53:44 AM
This exactly what happens in every single "advanced" nation. Unless you are personally willing, and I'm sure there are Farkers who are, to choose the oddly-shaped cucumber over the straight one, you have nothing to complain about.

"Up to two fifths of fruit or vegetable crops never make it on to plates because they are not acceptable to consumers."

I'm pretty sure this part is an exaggeration. Before being distributed to grocery stores where consumers will not buy the less-than perfect ones, produce is sorted. Those that aren't top quality still end-up in on plates, but under a different form. That curved cucumber might end-up in a salad mix or part of a cucumber-flavoured salad dressing.
 
2014-01-11 07:54:45 AM

Mr. Right: Same thing happens in the U.S. but most of the "ugly" produce is scrapped in the packing shed, not at the grocer's.

Yes, we could feed a lot of people with the produce that is discarded for not being cosmetically perfect.  But selling it at greatly reduced prices or giving it to food pantries would cannibalize the market and depress the prices people would be willing to pay for the picture perfect stuff.  So then the government would have to get involved and pay producers a "fair" price, then give the stuff away to people on SNAP.  Of course, giving it to SNAP recipients would be seen as demeaning to those recipients because they are only worth 2nd class goods.  Some of you may remember "government cheese."

So, we'll just keep throwing it away.


Or, you know, the uglier produce gets processed into other things. Campbells soup, pet food, V8 juices, etc.
 
2014-01-11 07:58:45 AM
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2014-01-11 08:08:19 AM
I'll start:

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2014-01-11 08:09:15 AM
A lot of "not cosmetically perfect" produce ends up as animal feed or put into other processed forms.  This is not new news.

/drtfa
 
2014-01-11 08:13:36 AM
If I'm picking produce at the store, I'm going to get what I think is the best in the bin at the time - unless there's a second bin of marked down stuff that happens to be uglier.

But they don't sell it like that.  It's all in one bin at one price, why would I pick smaller, uglier, more of a pain to cut up?
 
2014-01-11 08:17:51 AM

Macular Degenerate: I'll start:


One of those is baby food. I'm not saying which.

(it's the cock)
 
2014-01-11 08:26:00 AM

neongoats: Mr. Right: Same thing happens in the U.S. but most of the "ugly" produce is scrapped in the packing shed, not at the grocer's.

Yes, we could feed a lot of people with the produce that is discarded for not being cosmetically perfect.  But selling it at greatly reduced prices or giving it to food pantries would cannibalize the market and depress the prices people would be willing to pay for the picture perfect stuff.  So then the government would have to get involved and pay producers a "fair" price, then give the stuff away to people on SNAP.  Of course, giving it to SNAP recipients would be seen as demeaning to those recipients because they are only worth 2nd class goods.  Some of you may remember "government cheese."

So, we'll just keep throwing it away.

Or, you know, the uglier produce gets processed into other things. Campbells soup, pet food, V8 juices, etc.


Unfortunately, that happens less often than it should.  Food processors like Campbell's soup need such huge lots that they contract for whole farms.  Unless those farms have yield problems, growers for the fresh produce market don't always have the option of selling such paltry amounts as a ton of "less than desirable" produce to such processors.
 
2014-01-11 08:29:18 AM
I've never understood people who stand there sorting through the entire pile of tomatoes looking to get the most pristine one available when all they're going to do is dice it up and toss it in a salad. Seriously, that just baffles my mind.
 
2014-01-11 08:29:40 AM
I grew up in the country and we always had a farm. I still do plant a garden every year. I never cared what the produce looked like so long as it was edible. I think the problem is that people have this distorted view of food now and could use some experience in growing their own. It's rarely perfect, but tastes the best.
 
2014-01-11 08:35:43 AM

I would kill for a Cornish pastie or a decent shepherd's pie right now. Followed by treacle tart and custard. Washed down with a pint of Greene King IPA.


Arse, it's only 8.35 in the morning.

 
2014-01-11 08:39:24 AM
FTFA:
"Shoppers are still unprepared to accept food in odd sizes or shapes, leaving farms to use perfectly edible produce as animal feed or plough it back into the ground."

So not so much 'thrown away'. Animals gotta eat something, fields need fertilized.

/feel dirty after reading Daily Fail article.
 
2014-01-11 08:42:10 AM
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SHOTS FIRED!!!
 
2014-01-11 08:52:18 AM
So you're saying it ain't got no alibi?
 
2014-01-11 09:05:42 AM
So are we sure that it's all really going to waste?  Or is it just over-produced food that ends up being put to other uses because they know it will just sit and rot on store shelves?
<Asks friend who works at Cargill>
Yeah, seems that it's food that ends up being re-processed somehow, and only grocers who insist that they "buy locally, to ensure it's wholesome and fresh" don't then have a means to put the food that would otherwise be wasted back to hog feed, or compost or something.

"Stupid writers desperate for a story will make up any bullshiat without properly investigating it.  More at 11!"
 
2014-01-11 09:13:04 AM
In the produce industry, ugly is labeled as "choice" and is a bit cheaper. Usually sold to restaurant distributors and processing plants.

Damaged product, either cases or the produce itself, is labeled as "Number 2" and sold to Mom and Pop stores, Supermercados, the like. Also given to food banks for the tax write off. These places get it cheap enough where it's worth the time to sort through and clean it up.

The produce you typically find on the store shelf is called, Number 1, Premium, or Fancy and is the best available. The acceptable quality might dip due to weather conditions, and bad harvests.
 
2014-01-11 09:18:55 AM
I have a hunch American stores probably throw away more than that for just the same reason, at least as far as produce is concerned.
 
2014-01-11 09:30:32 AM

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood people who stand there sorting through the entire pile of tomatoes looking to get the most pristine one available when all they're going to do is dice it up and toss it in a salad. Seriously, that just baffles my mind.


Also, what are those people doing who open every carton of eggs in the store while their cart blocks off the egg area?  Are they looking for large eggs in a medium egg carton?
 
2014-01-11 09:30:37 AM
I blame the media,  all you ever see on TV and in magazines are these perfect in every way sexy fruits and vegetables dancing and gyrating around.

The younger produce don't know all the behind the scenes effort it takes to look that way.

It creates an unhealthy produce image that no regular fruit or vegetable could hope to live up to
 
2014-01-11 09:55:07 AM

Billy Bathsalt: ReapTheChaos: I've never understood people who stand there sorting through the entire pile of tomatoes looking to get the most pristine one available when all they're going to do is dice it up and toss it in a salad. Seriously, that just baffles my mind.

Also, what are those people doing who open every carton of eggs in the store while their cart blocks off the egg area?  Are they looking for large eggs in a medium egg carton?


I am looking to make sure that half of the eggs are not broken and leaking all over the inside of the carton. Whenever I have just taken the carton home without checking I find broken, leaking eggs in in it. However, I (unlike others) am very careful not to block the aisles.
Get off my lawn!
 
2014-01-11 10:13:50 AM

bborchar: I grew up in the country and we always had a farm. I still do plant a garden every year. I never cared what the produce looked like so long as it was edible. I think the problem is that people have this distorted view of food now and could use some experience in growing their own. It's rarely perfect, but tastes the best.


Bingo. Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath kept going through my head as I read tfa. Separation from the land, divorced from understanding it.
 
2014-01-11 10:14:44 AM

GBB: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 600x369]


This. And we are done.

/wow, 2 for 2 with you.
 
2014-01-11 10:18:07 AM

Boo_Guy: I blame the media,  all you ever see on TV and in magazines are these perfect in every way sexy fruits and vegetables dancing and gyrating around.

The younger produce don't know all the behind the scenes effort it takes to look that way.

It creates an unhealthy produce image that no regular fruit or vegetable could hope to live up to


You earned your Fark handle today.

/+1. Grudgingly.
 
2014-01-11 10:32:21 AM

sleep lack: FTFA:
"Shoppers are still unprepared to accept food in odd sizes or shapes, leaving farms to use perfectly edible produce as animal feed or plough it back into the ground."

So not so much 'thrown away'. Animals gotta eat something, fields need fertilized.

/feel dirty after reading Daily Fail article.


Are you suggesting that the Daily Mail might not be a paragon of journalistic integrity?

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2014-01-11 10:37:45 AM

SomeoneDumb: I have a hunch American stores probably throw away more than that for just the same reason, at least as far as produce is concerned.


You used to be able to buy old bananas to make banana bread--half-rotted bananas make much tastier bread. I can hardly ever find them anymore. And now the ones you do buy are green.

If you've ever dumpster-dived at a big grocery store, you could feed four families off of the stuff they just toss. That's why you can't do it anymore, and those dumpsters are guarded like a Brink's truck. If people knew how much good food was in those trash bins, even little Ms. Soccer Mom would be behind the store rooting around in the "garbage" like it was a Black Friday sale.
 
2014-01-11 11:07:12 AM
You can get off shape asparagus for less than a dollar a pound at the farms vs 4-5 at the store
 
2014-01-11 11:29:08 AM
This is stupid.

If the food was actually needed, people would buy it regardless of how it looks. When you have a surplus, some product will be left unused, and since it's perishable, thrown out.

In other countries, significant amounts of produce never even make it to market due to spoilage. Why don't we focus on the wastefulness of that in countries where people can actually starve?
 
2014-01-11 11:42:17 AM

Mr. Right: Same thing happens in the U.S. but most of the "ugly" produce is scrapped in the packing shed, not at the grocer's.

Yes, we could feed a lot of people with the produce that is discarded for not being cosmetically perfect.  But selling it at greatly reduced prices or giving it to food pantries would cannibalize the market and depress the prices people would be willing to pay for the picture perfect stuff.  So then the government would have to get involved and pay producers a "fair" price, then give the stuff away to people on SNAP.  Of course, giving it to SNAP recipients would be seen as demeaning to those recipients because they are only worth 2nd class goods.  Some of you may remember "government cheese."

So, we'll just keep throwing it away.


Actually, significant imperfect produce does gets intercepted by the organizations that supply food pantries and then given away.  The main obstacle is that the window of time between "imperfect" and "rotten, disgusting or unhealthful" is not large.
 
2014-01-11 12:14:29 PM
Well, it's only to be expected when this:

www.kevinleah.co.uk

Is considered your culinary heritage.
 
2014-01-11 01:35:41 PM

rolladuck: So are we sure that it's all really going to waste?  Or is it just over-produced food that ends up being put to other uses because they know it will just sit and rot on store shelves?
<Asks friend who works at Cargill>
Yeah, seems that it's food that ends up being re-processed somehow, and only grocers who insist that they "buy locally, to ensure it's wholesome and fresh" don't then have a means to put the food that would otherwise be wasted back to hog feed, or compost or something.

"Stupid writers desperate for a story will make up any bullshiat without properly investigating it.  More at 11!"


depending how closely the stores and farms work together, you'd probably find the farmers coming into the local grocer's and taking their rejects to feed their animals...  that way both save money.

also, the only time i'm not willing to just slice off the yucky looking bit on something is when i can see another one in the bin that's furry... that's when i just decide i'm making something else for dinner.
 
2014-01-11 01:58:22 PM
#firstworldproblems
 
2014-01-11 02:04:49 PM

Billy Bathsalt: Also, what are those people doing who open every carton of eggs in the store while their cart blocks off the egg area? Are they looking for large eggs in a medium egg carton?


Checking for broken ones. I always touch every egg in the carton. If it moves, it's okay. If it's cracked or broken on the side you can't see it will leak and glue itself to the carton, and you can't move it.
Don't care how it looks, I just don't want the broken ones to leak all over the place.
 
2014-01-11 02:54:56 PM
This is a DUH to anybody who has been paying attention. We make more than enough food on this planet to feed everybody. The only reason we don't is politics. Full stop.
 
2014-01-11 06:50:04 PM

Jackpot777: I would kill for a Cornish pastie or a decent shepherd's pie right now. Followed by treacle tart and custard. Washed down with a pint of Greene King IPA.
Arse, it's only 8.35 in the morning.


Green King IPA isn't even the best beer brewed in Suffolk.

But the rest yum
 
2014-01-12 01:48:32 AM
Just want to correct that if it's thrown away, then obviously it had no worth. It's worth what someone will pay for it, no more, no less, and obviously no one was willing to pay £19 billion or it'd be out front and center. The value was most likely made up from the idea that every pound of trashed produce could viably have been sold for full price. If that was true, it wouldn't have been trashed!

The recent success of heirloom tomatoes proves that people are willing to pay more for bizarrely shaped fruit with an intriguing story, so it's not just the shape. It's likely the quality and the advertising, as well.
 
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