1000 Flowers for the Planet - #454 Learn to Love Odd Veggies
Vegetables grown naturally come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. It’s quite outrageous that people have been conditioned by corporations to believe their vegetables should always be a uniform shape and size. ‘People’ don’t come in uniform shapes and sizes, so why would we believe nature’s foods come that way? Yet corporations demand this uniformity from their suppliers, the farmers, thereby rejecting any produce that doesn’t conform to their ideals. The vegetables that don’t meet their criteria are often thrown away. This is the worst type of food waste, costing farmers a lot of money because they’ve already invested their time and resources in growing it only to toss it away. We need to recognise that vegetables are vegetables, no matter what they look like, and encourage traders to buy all the produce a farmer produces.
Rest assured, the shape of a vegetable has no bearing on its quality and taste. Get over the misconception that every veggie must be perfect and encourage traders to offer us whatever the farmers produce. It will be a lot more fun having funky shaped veggies, like funky shaped fruit (Flower #433), and in turn it will be better for farmers, reduce food waste, and be a better use of resources used for production.