Ugly, inappropriate and even called indecent. It is not easy to please everyone. To meet aesthetic standards, imperfect foods such as carrots are discarded in tons. Is this waste worth it?
In the vegetable section, we see everyone there, profiled and organized. The fruits are round and bright, the leaves have vibrant colors and the vegetables are selected one by one. What the eyes do not see is the meaningless waste that this process provides.
To make this point, English photographer Tim Smyth is launching a book called Defective Carrots. In 56 images, he shows us the curious forms produced by nature that, in the production line of the large wholesalers, cannot go unpunished by scanners, which detect and eliminate all substandard vegetables.
The scanner, called Focus, measures carrots passing at high speeds on the machine's display. It measures size, dimensions and shape to decide what will be exposed. About 20% do not pass the test.
According to Tim, his work is a sad reminder of how far we are from our roots. We are so programmed to discard what evades aesthetic standards that we do not realize that, whether on the plate or in life, every form implies a content.
Of course, most visually impaired vegetables get another destination, such as soup and sauce ingredients. For others, a good idea would be to put up for sale at more attractive prices. Just don't give me the excuse to avoid putting color and variety on the plate that vegetables are ugly. For a healthy diet, ensure varied, natural and colorful nutrients. Ugly is to have a poor diet by choice.