90% of tomatoes thrown away because of their appearance
86.7% to be specific. Yes, it is outrageous, but it is true. A considerable percentage of edible food gets thrown away - not because it tastes bad, but because it doesn’t look good!
The results of a research that took place at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, showed that up to 86.7% of edible tomatoes that had been harvested from a commercial Queensland farm, were thrown away because of their appearance! What does that mean? That they had a bit odd shape, they were too small or to big… In a few words, they were not as… fancy as the market standards wanted them to be in order to be placed on the shelves of a super market. So, instead, they were thrown away as if they had gone bad while they were still, without a doubt, edible. Australian government estimates that every year the Australian economy loses almost $20 billion because of the food that gets wasted - judging by this one incident, we can perfectly understand how this amount comes up...
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