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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'

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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...