Supermarkets, Cosmetic Standards and Food Waste

Extensive research has been undertaken into the issue of corporate social responsibility and wastage of fresh fruit and vegetables from the perspectives of the fruit and vegetable industry, food rescue and food retail. The results revealed that despite Australian supermarkets’ zero food waste targets, large volumes of food are discarded. At a time when people globally experience hunger, as much as 50% of all food produced is thrown away every year. One of the main reasons cited for excessive food waste was strict supermarket standards that determine the cosmetic appearance of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as the curvature of a banana, or the size of an apple.