Food waste tackled by uni friends sourcing imperfect produce from farms to sell to consumers

Did you understand that Australia wastes $20 billion value of meals annually?

A big chunk of that’s in agriculture and post-harvest, in accordance to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

That’s what friends Josh Ball and Josh Brookes-Duncan from business Farmers Pick are attempting to assist cut back.

Two-legged carrots

The pair spend their days visiting farmers sourcing misshapen cherries or two-legged carrots to resell and educate consumers on the misconceptions of edible produce.

Two young men wearing black t-shirts stand together smiling fresh produce on a bench.
Josh Ball and Josh Brookes-Duncan say 2.4 million tonnes of meals isn’t taken from farms.(Supplied: Josh Ball)

“Often our visits are met with confusion, as a result of for many years so many growers throughout Australia have been instructed what good is.

Mr Ball sources misshapen greens from about 50 farms across the nation, and so long as the produce is recent, he’ll sell it.

“In phrases of aesthetic and color, we do not actually have any standards,” he mentioned.

“And the response has been overwhelmingly optimistic, often prospects have a superb snort, when the carrot has three legs or the broccoli is de facto small.

“It’s all a little bit of enjoyable.”

A tomato with a growth poking out up the top.
Vegetables are grown in all sizes and styles. (Supplied: Josh Ball)

30pc not appropriate for bigger chains

Catherine Velisha, a farmer in Werribee South, on the outskirts of Melbourne, mentioned about 20 to 30 per cent of her vegetable crop is just not thought-about appropriate for the bigger chains.

“The enter prices are all precisely the identical,” Ms Velisha mentioned.

“It’s actually nice that consumers additionally get to see that aside from its look, it is precisely the identical as what’s seen as a extra superior product.”

Two carrots twisted around each other.
Australia wastes $20 billion value of meals annually.(Supplied: Josh Ball)

Ms Velisha mentioned the blame additionally lay with the buyer.

“If we, as consumers, are leaving issues which are a bit smaller behind … that clearly drives what the following product introduced in seems like,” she mentioned.

“So we have got a variety of energy as consumers.

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