Imperfect Produce


Want mad props from ethically censorious friends? How about giving them the gift of anti-gaspillage? That’s what the French call the fight against food waste or gaspillage alimentaire*.

 The folks at Imperfect Produce *are now offering a gift certificate for a subscription to their service that you can send to a friend. The company sources “ugly” produce straight from farms and delivers it to your door for 30-50% less than grocery store prices.

By consuming cosmetically imperfect produce we can use our knowledge of what constitutes good food to help us reduce our food waste, and our food budget at the same time. Currently one fifth of all produce grown is considered “imperfect” by grocers and thus never makes it to your table. This bizarre obsession with cosmetic convention is not only obscenely wasteful, it also help to uproot us all from the organic and vanescent nature of both life and food.

*Imperfect Produce boxes range between $12/month to $43/month and are completely customizable, offering you the ability to specify a box of organic-only produce in a size of your choosing. Remember to specify an organic box upon placing your order since the company also provides so-called “conventional” imperfect produce as well. The boxes are currently available for delivery in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, Portland, and Seattle.

*Leave it to the French to make even food waste sound appetizing.