Thursday, August 30, 2012

Think About It Thursdays

"Supermarkets only accept properly packaged, colored and labeled produce that conforms to certain standards of color, size, and shape.  Melons can have no stems attached, cucumbers must be no less than six inches long, no more than eight.  Crooked eggplants need not apply.  Every crop yields a significant proportion of perfectly edible but small or oddly shaped vegetables that are "trash" by markets standards.

"It takes as much work to grow a crooked vegetable as a straight one, and the nutritional properties are identical.  Workers at the packing house were as distressed as the farmers to see boxes of these rejects piling up into mountains of wasted food.  Poverty and hunger are not abstractions in our part of the world; throwing away good food makes no sense.  With help of several church and social justice groups, Appalachian Harvest arranged to deliver "factory second" vegetables all summer to low-income families.  Fresh organic produce entered some of their diets for the first time."

- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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