Food Waste And Perfection Perception; Evan Hazelett of Imperfect Produce Is Taking Action


Evan Hazelett, Nutrition Heretic and food waste One hundred and thirty three billion pounds of food is wasted each year — and most of that comes from us! Consumer demand and ignorance of the law are among the principle reasons that supermarkets dispose of perfectly good produce.

Our guest heretic Evan Hazelett of Imperfect Produce is doing something about it. Imperfect Produce delivers the freshest, less-than-perfect looking fruits and vegetables to homes throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area in California at a fraction of supermarket prices. This isn’t rotten produce, just produce that’s either too small, too big, slightly blemished or otherwise less than optimal for shopkeepers and some consumers.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to choose the juiciest oranges every time, reduce food waste in your own home, inspire others to make use of produce that would otherwise rot on the ground and the best way to store your bananas.

Listen to the end to find out how to get your special 50% off coupon for your first order.

Highlights From This Episode

02:32 ~  Chicken in the trash.

05:20 ~ What's that? A second pet peeve?

07:19 ~ What is Imperfect Produce and how does it work?

12:10~ Imperfect restaurants and chefs charge top dollar.

18:39 ~ What imperfect produce looks like.

24:46 ~ Adrienne argues that imperfect produce does not taste the same as regular.... this may shock you!

31:12 ~ China's food fettish.

34:00 ~ Evan's documentary recommendation "Just Eat It"

42:20 ~ Tricks grocery stores use to make produce more appealing.

44:35 ~ Japan's $360 perfect grapes.

52:36 ~ How to get community groups involved locally.

57:47 ~ Two things you can do to eliminate food waste.

60:04 ~ Tips to reduce food waste in your refrigerator.

Follow Imperfect Produce on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterestt, and Instagram, for lots of funky photos, wonderfully wonky recipes, and ways you can get involved to reduce food waste. 

To see the video Evan mentioned, or to learn more about food waste in the USA, as well as ways to make use of those leftovers, have a browse through these titles:

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How do the French stay so skinny?


Let me start by saying that there  is no French paradox. Red wine will not unclog your arteries. Plenty of real fats — including the animal fats — minus an abundance of refined sugars will.

The French start the day with coffee (no cream or milk usually), yogurt, cheese, pâté, butter and baguette for breakfast. A piece of fruit (some berries, an apple, orange or pear) is also common, but rarely eaten alone. Occasionally a soft boiled egg is eaten time permitting. More recently, people will eat Muesli type cereals.

For lunch, a salad with meat, egg, tuna, etc is common as are things like steak frites (steak with fries) or an omelette with cheese, ham and fries. If you can’t sit down, you’ll probably get this served on half a baguette (but your waistline will pay for it!) or stop at a baker to pick up a quiche, pizza or croissant sandwich. But these bakery items are usually an accompaniment to a big salad.  Sausages are eaten in some locations as well popular in some areas as well.

Dinner will likely depend on your schedule. If you work a 9-5 job, you’ll make dinner the biggest meal of the day. Otherwise, lunch is. If you eat in a restaurant, you might start with a nourishing soup, then move on to a slice of fish, frog legs, another steak or a chicken preparation. One of my favorite soups I enjoyed in Paris many years ago was made from pâté. Yum! At home, you may also begin with a soup followed by a simple chicken or fish dish or swap them both for a hearty stew and a salad. Mashed potatoes made with real butter and cream are also favorites on the French dinner table. When bread is eaten, it is usually a very small piece used to sop up the gravies on your plate or soup left in the bowl. In essence it is a way to get more fat soluble vitamins into your body.

Fruit is a typical dessert. Sometimes served with a little cheese. Sometimes cheese instead of fruit. Cakes and pies are generally reserved for the special occasions. A birthday party, anniversary, holiday, out-of-town visitor…. Not everyday and not as snacks.

The last time I was in France 5 years ago, I found that there are far more obese people. Many of these people seemed to believe what the Americans do which is that obesity is controlled by exercise alone. Meanwhile, many of them were eating lots of empty carbs including desserts whether it was in a restaurant or on a street, while their skinnier friends were eating salads, meat, cheese or nothing at all. So in effect, as the French (Italians, Spaniards, Germans etc) begin to follow our lead, little by little they too begin fighting the battle of the bulge. In effect it was indeed the presence of these delicious fats and animal foods that made the French live long as well. But in this too, we sadly begin to see a rapid decline. The take home message is that exercise is good, but it cannot replace real food.

About Adrienne Hew


Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.