Business Insider: This startup delivers produce that’s too ugly for grocery stores
Pity the ugly vegetable. Over 6 billion pounds of fresh produce are left unharvested or unsold every year, and much of it is wasted for a ridiculous reason: the produce is blemished.
In this case, “blemished” does not mean bruised or otherwise unfit for eating. It’s just a word for fruits and vegetables that are a little to small, big, curvy, or funny-looking. As a result, they’re kept out of grocery stores and food service deliveries — and tossed in the landfill.