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Getting 'ugly' but healthy produce onto tables

Writer calls it 'a whimsical way to understanding how unreasonable mainstream produce specifications are'

Misshapen red bell peppers being sold at Imperfect Produce, in Emeryville, California last month. From 1974-2006, the amount of food Americans wasted increased 50%, says an author.

Emeryville, California

THE eggplants are crooked and a little long-necked, contorted enough that they would probably lose in a beauty pageant against rounder or more symmetrical aubergines.

In the field where they were grown or in the supermarkets for which they were once destined