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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 @HungryHarvest, 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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43 comments

  • Martha D.
    a day

    Wonderful idea.

  • Akabene N.
    a day

    Doesn't happen in Nigeria, food is good We don't waste food except its bad and not salvageable

  • Silvana M.
    2 days

    Aquí en Chile prefieren botarlo, lo que encuentro espantoso!!

  • Latha B.
    2 days

    Wow

  • BellaNena S.
    2 days

    Angeles en la tierra ayudan otro a comer y dan alternativas estso alimentos otrono usan

  • Sharmila S.
    3 days

    This is really amazing... Well done Well thought Wwll executed..

  • Mohamed H.
    3 days

    احلى صباح واللي جاي احلى من اللي راح ان شاء الله رب العالمين صباحوهنا مني انا محمد حسنين هيكل أشهر رجل في مصر 🇪🇬💞💐🎂🌷♥️💕☕

  • Abdullah D.
    3 days

    just watch.

  • انتصار ا.
    3 days

    مساء الورد

  • Faith T.
    3 days

    In my country the don t donnate those kind of vegetables.. they sell everything.. very soon they r gonna sell us too..

  • Alejandra D.
    4 days

    Exelente

  • Jose M.
    4 days

    Can not believe this...pay attention to this video please.

  • Lisa I.
    4 days

    Can’t believe they throw good food away 😡 thank God for these people

  • انتصار ا.
    5 days

    مساء الورد مشاءالله تبارك الله

  • Kartikay K.
    5 days

    India already had many peeth bazars in their locality since ages where all kinds of veggies and fruits are sold at discounts.

  • Ijeoma A.
    6 days

    I have often wondered why most veggies in supermarkets were always perfect, unlike when you actually grow them yourself. Such a shame that a huge amount of food is being trashed daily just for aesthetics. This is what the world food programme should start from. Quit wasting food!

  • Alkhaldi W.
    6 days

    Thanks for been Human

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    6 days

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  • Samrah Q.
    6 days

    we need to open such NGO for human aswell

  • Enas A.
    6 days

    I wish more countries would do the same, there are so many starving people out there.