Reconsider ugly produce and how we eat our veg.

I knew this, but today it was reiterated as Keck and I binged watched a cooking show while two-screening. We’ve been especially fascinated by British cooking and gardening shows lately.

We did a little research and discovered that Americans waste 40% of their food, BEFORE it gets to the grocery store. Why? Because it doesn’t meet asthetic requirements.

It’s not pretty.

These carrots wouldn’t make it to your local grocery store because they do not meet beauty pageant standards. Yet, they’re just as nutritious.

The article I read on The Penny Hoarder said that’s the equivalent of 6 billion pounds and $160 billion. Wasted. Dumped.

To me that’s just plain out bad stewardship of our natural resources, our responsibility to our world, and unkind to the millions of hungry people on the planet.

We have a real responsibility to take care of the children who are hungry in our city and our world. As a matter of fact, one in every four kids in North Texas is food insecure – almost 300,000 children.

(As a comparison in 2014, women had 55,230 abortions in the entire state of Texas, most of them in the first trimester. While I’m not saying abortion is okay. I am saying that the number of children currently alive in need of basic care in North Texas alone is 5.45 times higher than the number of abortions in our entire state!)

What would happen if we used that ugly, imperfect, nutritious food to feed the hungry? What would happen if we use unattractive veggies to feed our families?

Not only should I reconsider how I buy and use produce to avoid waste, I also need to consider where I put my energy. I need to be more concerned about the hungry currently living in serious need. I honestly believe that if we could care for the children and women in need the number of abortions would continue a downward trend.

See, I believe in the power of reconsidering. Of looking at things from a different perspective. Positively.

I also strongly believe that we can change the world by ensuring that hungry people are fed. It’s one of my favorite things to give to the North Texas Food Bank. I don’t give nearly enough. It’s my job to see that I eat what I buy, and not waste the effort.

Ugly food tastes as good as pretty food. Ugly food shared could change our world. ❤