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(Guardian)   Due to the demand for "perfect" fruits and vegetables, the U.S. throws away half the produce it grows   ( theguardian.com) divider line
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2016-07-13 10:04:14 PM  
I'll buy it. Just charge less and leave the wax coating off of it.
 
2016-07-13 10:26:30 PM  
Have a salad.
 
2016-07-13 10:36:21 PM  
How we Americans help keep wildlife alive is none of anyone elses concern

I know I know, someone is gonna bring up the "think of the starving children" stuff.

But I have a solution.

I am the man with a plan

And it is this: take prison food, and give it to the hungry kids, and feed the criminals the malformed produce. Bam! Compromise! Its what makes aMerican great!
 
2016-07-13 11:19:07 PM  
The demand for uniformity, taste consistency, and shelf life, most produce is not exactly packed with flavor to begin with.  This is also leading to such staples as bananas under threat ofserious diseases due to not breeding.  Maybe if produce was bred for tastw and not shekf life and availability, people woukd eat more of them and not be as picky about it.
 
2016-07-14 12:09:59 AM  
All I demand is not brown or infested produce, can we do that?
 
2016-07-14 12:13:27 AM  
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2016-07-14 12:13:40 AM  
Fed to cattle? What a waste.
 
2016-07-14 12:14:57 AM  
People should care about this.  That's a farkload of wasted food that could be going to people who actually need it.
 
2016-07-14 12:17:22 AM  
This is what's behind the Don't Dead Open Inside door.

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2016-07-14 12:17:24 AM  
Need to move to a fruit producing state, start cleaning up the fruit left in the fields, and make some fruit beer/wine out of it.
 
2016-07-14 12:20:06 AM  
Stores around here can sell nearly black bananas for 33 cents a bunch and people go apeshiat for them.  Lower the price enough and no one will care what it looks like and they'll probably even be grateful.
 
2016-07-14 12:21:34 AM  
Am I too late for the bashing of stupid/fat/lazy/greedy/wasteful Americans that always accompanies a thread like this on fark? Mostly from people who live in America but like to signal how much better they are than flyover hicks?
 
2016-07-14 12:21:48 AM  
So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.
 
2016-07-14 12:21:52 AM  
Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.
 
2016-07-14 12:26:45 AM  
Shaddup internet...same follows for about all modern countries.
 
2016-07-14 12:27:50 AM  

Chuck87: Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.


It's like pornography: they know it when they see it.  Also they get excited and their pants feel tight.
 
2016-07-14 12:29:13 AM  
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Didn't realize the demand was so high...
 
2016-07-14 12:29:27 AM  

Ambivalence: So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.


Exactly. I shop for juicer fruits and veggies at the discount produce place. It isn't pretty, but it has the same nutrients. Much cheaper too. I wouldn't serve them at a dinner party, but for juicing it's fine. They also have European food store inside, with European beers. It's a good store.
 
2016-07-14 12:30:35 AM  
I also think it's crazy that we flush our turds and piss down the toilet with water that we can drink... Gallon or more a turd.
 
2016-07-14 12:32:10 AM  

Ambivalence: So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.


Rebrand them "organic" and double the markup.
 
2016-07-14 12:32:56 AM  

NewWorldDan: It's like pornography: they know it when they see it. Also they get excited and their pants feel tight.


And let's be honest. It's the wallet growing from the ad revenue...

//That squirrel is well-fed...
 
2016-07-14 12:34:08 AM  

Ambivalence: So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.


I don't think that much is actually wasted.  At any orchard, the imperfect apples get turned into juice.  Chickens that can't be sold as grade A are either split in to parts that can be sold at the higher grade or ground up for dog food.  I didn't see where this 50% number actually comes from, but farmers are very resourceful folk.  They find a way to make money anywhere they can.  Very little is being dumped in the compost pile.
 
2016-07-14 12:34:42 AM  

Chuck87: Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.


You've been here 3 weeks and you have 31 links approved. Either you're a mod or  you're the one submitting the pokemon links. Either way, you have it figured out.
 
2016-07-14 12:35:51 AM  

burninbeaver: I also think it's crazy that we flush our turds and piss down the toilet with water that we can drink... Gallon or more a turd.


I would use Budweiser, but it's priced above tap water.
 
2016-07-14 12:38:56 AM  
Our area just got Imperfect Produce, which is one of that produce box delivery programs, but gives you thesee castoffs for a discounted price.  Our first box comessage Friday, I'm really excited.
 
2016-07-14 12:39:35 AM  
*comes, not comessage.  Sorry for typos, texting while cooking.
 
2016-07-14 12:40:30 AM  

NewWorldDan: Ambivalence: So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.

I don't think that much is actually wasted.  At any orchard, the imperfect apples get turned into juice.  Chickens that can't be sold as grade A are either split in to parts that can be sold at the higher grade or ground up for dog food.  I didn't see where this 50% number actually comes from, but farmers are very resourceful folk.  They find a way to make money anywhere they can.  Very little is being dumped in the compost pile.


Pieces parts.
HYSTERICAL 80's Wendy's Commercial: "Parts is Parts"
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2016-07-14 12:42:17 AM  
It's melon country here, after harvest there are acres and acres of melons and pumpkins that weren't desirable that just rot in the fields. Makes me sad.

I often get remarked at for choosing pears that look awful (yellowish, some bruising) when I could have chosen the perfect green one instead. Unlike them I actually like to eat my fruit within a day or so, and it seems the more rough a pear looks the better it tastes. The perfect ones are just hard and/or mealy.
 
2016-07-14 12:46:23 AM  
Americans ain't got nothing on the Japanese when it comes to this.
 
2016-07-14 12:46:28 AM  

gadian: Stores around here can sell nearly black bananas for 33 cents a bunch and people go apeshiat for them.  Lower the price enough and no one will care what it looks like and they'll probably even be grateful.


Nearly black bananas are perfect for baking in bread or muffins.  Banana pancakes too.

A lot of produce is still fine for cooking after they no longer look perfect.  Problem is, people think they gotta get the best of the best for the price, which goes up to cover the cost of the tossed out produce.  That's why the stores don't worry that much about tossing out produce, they already inflate the price of what is bought to still make a profit.  If all the produce sent to stores was sold, the stores could turn a profit on 1980s prices, but they won't lower them again, and customers will insist on perfection.
 
2016-07-14 12:47:29 AM  
If anyone is is interested: http://www.imperfectproduce.com/#home
 
2016-07-14 12:49:34 AM  

burninbeaver: I also think it's crazy that we flush our turds and piss down the toilet with water that we can drink... Gallon or more a turd.


Maybe *you* do.
 
2016-07-14 12:49:58 AM  
 
2016-07-14 12:50:10 AM  

raidersofthelostfark: Ambivalence: So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.

Rebrand them "organic" and double the markup.


that would be illegal and result in huge ass fines from the USDA but have fun with that harebrained scheme of yours.
 
2016-07-14 12:50:29 AM  

Gyrfalcon: All I demand is not brown or infested produce, can we do that?


Not if Safeway's delivery service is any indicator. Tired of getting old or moldy produce from them, never mind the bizarre substitutions and missing items.

It's bizarre - on the one hand, we have farmers complaining that "Safeway won't accept my less-than-stellar produce," yet the produce I regularly see on Safeway's shelves looks like it's been kicked around a warehouse by Portuguese soccer players for a few days, then left out to attract fruit flies. Buying tomatoes or cucumbers requires not just your presence, but a significant amount of time to move around the shiat that they've pushed to the front so you can get to the unspoiled, edible food behind it.

Seriously, I just biatched at Safeway because, yet again, I received food that had expired four goddamned months ago in a delivery order I made just two days ago. I'm going to give Amazon Fresh a try, because, hell, I doubt that they could do any worse than Safeway at this point...
 
2016-07-14 12:51:28 AM  

LordOfThePings: This is what's behind the Don't Dead Open Inside door.

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In the distance, you can see the industry's specialized damage control force, a trained set of dogies known as "melon collies," ready to deal with the unaccepted harvest.
 
2016-07-14 12:54:39 AM  
Can I just get some bananas that aren't as green as my old BDUs?
 
2016-07-14 12:55:30 AM  

StRalphTheLiar: Chuck87: Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.

You've been here 3 weeks and you have 31 links approved. Either you're a mod or  you're the one submitting the pokemon links. Either way, you have it figured out.


I didn't submit any of those pokemon links.  At first they were really annoying but now I kind of got used to it.
 
2016-07-14 12:56:48 AM  

StRalphTheLiar: Chuck87: Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.

You've been here 3 weeks and you have 31 links approved. Either you're a mod or  you're the one submitting the pokemon links. Either way, you have it figured out.


I'm not a moderator either.  Btw, do you know the difference between a moderator and administrator or are they the same thing?
 
2016-07-14 01:01:44 AM  

stainedglassdoll: If anyone is is interested: http://www.imperfectproduce.com/#home


Yeah. See, I'd love to, but as they only deliver to "select Bay Area cities and towns," it's kind of a localized service. Kind of a bummer.

In our area, Boistfort Valley Farm used to do organic farm shares - you could subscribe for a certain "size," similar to Imperfect Produce, and you'd get a regular drop-off (we'd have to go to WofC's corporate offices to pick up our crate) of fun stuff, including some otherwise hard-to-get items. (Their chanterelles were especially prized.)
 
2016-07-14 01:04:57 AM  

gadian: Stores around here can sell nearly black bananas for 33 cents a bunch and people go apeshiat for them.  Lower the price enough and no one will care what it looks like and they'll probably even be grateful.


if Ibsaw that i would buy them {if they were clean and mold free}

they are perfect for banana bread
 
2016-07-14 01:07:24 AM  

StRalphTheLiar: Chuck87: Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.

You've been here 3 weeks and you have 31 links approved. Either you're a mod or  you're the one submitting the pokemon links. Either way, you have it figured out.


31 greens in 3 weeks?  I wonder what dirt he has on Drew.
 
2016-07-14 01:10:09 AM  
We got nothing on the Japanese...

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2016-07-14 01:12:38 AM  

FormlessOne: stainedglassdoll: If anyone is is interested: http://www.imperfectproduce.com/#home

Yeah. See, I'd love to, but as they only deliver to "select Bay Area cities and towns," it's kind of a localized service. Kind of a bummer.

In our area, Boistfort Valley Farm used to do organic farm shares - you could subscribe for a certain "size," similar to Imperfect Produce, and you'd get a regular drop-off (we'd have to go to WofC's corporate offices to pick up our crate) of fun stuff, including some otherwise hard-to-get items. (Their chanterelles were especially prized.)


Hopefully the idea will spread!
 
2016-07-14 01:13:52 AM  

harleyquinnical: The demand for uniformity, taste consistency, and shelf life


FormlessOne: Not if Safeway's delivery service is any indicator. Tired of getting old or moldy produce from them, never mind the bizarre substitutions and missing items.


This seems an interesting contrast.   Why would you have produce delivered?   If it's something like a mass-produced loaf of bread, sure just take on off the shelf.   As long as it hasn't been mishandled it's fine, but I carefully examine any fruits or veggies before I buy them.

Bananas are of particular concern to me because they have a short life and I eat a lot of them.  The more they turn brown the worse they taste, but I hate to throw food away so they have to get really bad before I toss them instead of choking them down.

Like someone else said, the way to go is to sell less than top-notch produce at lower prices.  There would be backlash if some major retailer like Walmart took that on.  They don't want bad-looking or nearly spoiled fruit associated with their name  Kids in school would make fun of the poorer children who had to eat Walmart bananas.

Instead Walmart makes enough profits on the bananas they sell to not even think much about the bananas they throw away.

There are also charities who take bad produce and distribute it to homeless people or sell them at a discount although those seem to be pretty small compared to the overall market.

I do buy bananas at Walmart, but they are consistently worse than the bananas I get at other stores despite them being the same price +/- i penny.
 
2016-07-14 01:14:06 AM  

real_headhoncho: StRalphTheLiar: Chuck87: Okay, I have a question here.  The submitted headline for this article is perfectly reasonable and logical.  However, it says in the FAQ that the headlines submitted need to be funny.  Can someone tell me exactly what Fark is looking for when a link is submitted?  I know this is a little off topic but I have only been here a few weeks and am curious.

You've been here 3 weeks and you have 31 links approved. Either you're a mod or  you're the one submitting the pokemon links. Either way, you have it figured out.

31 greens in 3 weeks?  I wonder what dirt he has on Drew.


Da fuq. I've been here for over 9 years and don't have a single green to my name.
 
2016-07-14 01:21:48 AM  

Lumber Jack Off: raidersofthelostfark: Ambivalence: So they don't juice or puree "imperfect" fruits?  Seems like a waste to me.

Rebrand them "organic" and double the markup.

that would be illegal and result in huge ass fines from the USDA but have fun with that harebrained scheme of yours.


The label "organic" is essentially meaningless.  It's mostly a marketing gimmick that people have fallen for.
 
2016-07-14 01:23:22 AM  

harleyquinnical: The demand for uniformity, taste consistency, and shelf life, most produce is not exactly packed with flavor to begin with.  This is also leading to such staples as bananas under threat ofserious diseases due to not breeding.  Maybe if produce was bred for tastw and not shekf life and availability, people woukd eat more of them and not be as picky about it.


I know typing on a phone is hard, but is thinking on a phone equally hard?  There are more than 1000 varieties of bananas in the world.  It wouldn't kill people or sellers to introduce some new ones into their diet.  My favorite is a fully ripe plantain before it starts forming the seed string in the middle.  At peak ripeness, a plantain is both sweet and slightly tart.
 
2016-07-14 01:25:46 AM  

OgreMagi: The label "organic" is essentially meaningless.  It's mostly a marketing gimmick that people have fallen for.


ORLY?
 
2016-07-14 01:27:11 AM  

harleyquinnical: The demand for uniformity, taste consistency, and shelf life, most produce is not exactly packed with flavor to begin with.  This is also leading to such staples as bananas under threat ofserious diseases due to not breeding.  Maybe if produce was bred for tastw and not shekf life and availability, people woukd eat more of them and not be as picky about it.


^This. And also I would point out I don't believe it's the end consumer making such high demands of how it looks, it's the shops that are doing it. As many have mentioned, sometimes it's the slightly-past-it fruit that tastes the best (it's actually ripe!).
 
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