Approximately 26% of all produce is wasted in the U.S. before it even reaches the grocery store mostly due to strict cosmetic standards from large grocers that dictate exactly how their fruit and veggies should look. This equals billions of pounds of good, healthy produce left uneaten because it doesn’t look pretty! If produce fails to make the grade for size, shape, or color it’s deemed "ugly" and unsellable. Culinary NutritionistStefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN, Author of What the Fork Are You Eating? (and co-signee of this petition), confirms that the #uglies are equally as nutritious as pretty produce. In fact, smaller produce (often considered unsellable by large grocers) can actually have more taste!