Farmers end up throwing away about 10% of their apple yield – mostly from apples that have fallen to the ground and no longer look pretty enough to end up in grocery stores. Other apples are tossed because they're too small, too big or have sun spots.
Health experts and scientists say produce, grown either conventionally or organically, is safe to eat for you and your children. Not only are conventionally and organically grown fruits and vegetables safe and nutritious, Americans should be consuming more of these, not less, if they hope to reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Sometimes, innovation makes for strange bedfellows.
In the Northern Nevada desert, on land once spattered with grazing cattle, inside a 31,000-square-foot greenhouse, tilapia and tomatoes are farmed in partnership. The hydroponic tomatoes break down waste from the fish for nutrients while also cleansing the water so it can be recycled back to the tilapia tanks.
"It is our hope to promote healthy eating to become a mainstream choice, as well as the organic way to produce healthy foods," said Ma Xiaochao, project officer with Know Your Food, a self-publishing community focused on food sustainability.
Do you feel like your mood is dropping along with colder temperatures? Take a deep breath and spend a moment to reflect upon how you eat. Are you eating three meals each day? Do you consume two types of fruits and vegetables every day?
Many organic advocates claim that genetically engineered crops are harmful to human health, the environment and the farmers who work with them. Biotechnology advocates fire back that genetically engineered crops are safe, reduce insecticide use and allow farmers in developing countries to produce enough food to feed themselves and their families.
Spiky, strenuous to prepare and containing foul smelling slime, it has until recently been regarded as a "paupers fruit". Now, the jackfruit is being hailed as a meat replacement superior to soy by restaurants, and is lining the shelves of supermarkets.