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Fighting Waste With Ugly Food

These fresh vegetables would have ended up in the landfill because they're ugly. But thanks to Hungry Harvest, they could end up on your plate instead.

Upgrading the food system

This “ugly” produce might have ended up in a landfill. Instead, it went to Hungry Harvest. A company combating food waste by shipping it to consumers at a discount. The Franciscan Center receives donations — including from Hungry Harvest to feed hundreds of people at their community kitchen. Evan Lutz. Evan Lutz is a 26 -year-old social entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland who is passionate about food justice, entrepreneurship, and the Baltimore Ravens.

All of these vegetables are maybe abused from supermarkets, but they are perfect for us. ‘Cause feeding 500 people is a daunting task, but everything here you’ll see will go to use. Food waste is one of the largest contributors to climate change. If it were a country — if food waste were a country — it would be the third largest contributor to climate change behind the United States and China. And the thing is though, waste is very preventable and solvable issue. We are in Jessup, Maryland produce terminal. The Hungry Harvest warehouses. I started way back in 2014, about five and a half years ago, and I started with just farm stands selling one farmer's surplus ** produce to college students at the University of Maryland. It's blossomed into Hungry Harvest, where we prevent about 18 million pounds of produce from going to waste,” Evan Lutz, CEO, Hungry Harvest tells Brut.

Lutz procures his produce from farms, packing houses, wholesalers and sells them in subscription boxes, community markets "Produce in a SNAP", and donations to food banks and community kitchens. In working toward the mission of reducing food waste, Lutz sees room to create more efficiency and for the companies to potentially work together. At the same time, he said, “there’s plenty of room in the market for a few companies to compete and build successful businesses.”

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12/01/2019 12:58 PM
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164 comments

  • Sylvia N.
    a day

    That's how most of our produce comes out from the farm. Have you ever tried to harvest sweet potatos or tomato and seen how they look right after, if it's 100% organic or minimum fertilers were used? I just think westerner like plastic and GMO food more than real, authentic, healthy food like Africans and Asians

  • Illie C.
    a day

    Food waste got nothing to do with climate change

  • Lupita W.
    a day

    Good job guys. Keep doing the good deeds

  • Tony M.
    a day

    Thank you

  • Mohamed H.
    a day

    احلى مسا على الناس الحلوة الكويسة مساؤ هنا مني انا محمد حسنين هيكل أشهر رجل في مصر

  • Kartina A.
    2 days

    Good job ... 😍😍😍

  • Uma S.
    2 days

    .

  • Nabila A.
    2 days

    😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 What if u saw our Vegetables in yemen and we eat it easy even if it's not good we cut out the bad part and we take the good part

  • Shaimaa M.
    2 days

    Sarah Said 😂😂😂😏😏😏😏😏

  • Jay B.
    3 days

    Desiree Berto eto kaya?

  • Tú M.
    3 days

    Jay Vu

  • Charmlyn M.
    3 days

    Iba naman to sis oh

  • Ma T.
    3 days

    bless you all

  • Bhagya L.
    4 days

    In India we don't consider veggies beautiful and ugly, we don't have this problem here😌😇

  • Luis M.
    4 days

    It's a wonderful project, but stop it with climate change indoctrination. Keep helping others, that's a fantastic attitude!

  • Zohaib I.
    5 days

    https://youtu.be/Y9AXlvlvZgI

  • Patty T.
    5 days

    In the end, our stomachs won’t know the difference of how the vegetables looked like anyway 😊

  • Herlina S.
    5 days

    That is Good

  • Azou M.
    5 days

    Thnkyo

  • Monica T.
    6 days

    Woww vagestable