Cosmetic Standards for Fruits and Vegetables
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1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year (this amounts to us 1 trillion dollars of food wasted or lost), the food waste also creates 3.3billion tons of carbon dioxide which accelerates global warming and climate change. 20-40% of of Australian fruit and vegetables don't even make to the supermarkets because of the cosmetic standards that the supermarkets put on the farmers. Imagine growing and caring for these crops all year around just to throw almost half of them away.
These cosmetic standards are placed by big supermarket brands such as Coles and Woolworths, they include no crooked carrots, no curvy cucumber, no straight bananas and no undersized apples.
In France a supermarket giant "Intermache" started a project were they sold discarded produce that was thrown away because of purely cosmetic reasons. When the program launched it was as immediate success. It sold over 13million in a month and it stirred a national conversation about food waste.
Ozharvest is a organisation that finds wasted produce and gives it to the people in need. Few months ago they found over 14 tonnes of carrots that was headed to landfill. They were not quite straight enough or orange enough, so they turned it into carrot soup.
The big supermarkets in Australia such as Woolworths and Coles are responsible for this nation wide problem of food waste. Lets change that.
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