- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Food banks in Colorado are pushing for Walmart to sell “ugly” produce for discounted prices.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/2bJfJzz ) that the retailer sells misshapen, oddly sized or discolored fruit in some states for discounted prices, but the program isn’t available at its Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder stores.

Food waste reduction organization ReFED says uneaten food emits greenhouse gases and takes up about one-fifth of all landfill space nationwide.

Jordan Figueiredo started a national petition for Walmart to sell the imperfect produce. He says many farmers know retailers won’t buy the “ugly” produce, so it is composted, donated or tossed in the landfill.

Walmart spokesman John Forrest Ales wouldn’t say how much unwanted produce is picked out at distribution centers across the country. He didn’t make any promises about Colorado but says Walmart considers everything.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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