Does Your Box of “Ugly” Produce Really Help the Planet? Or Hurt it?

If the vegetables inside these boxes were never destined for the landfill, then the growth of ugly produce companies threatens to make the food waste problem worse, according to co-author Eric Holt-Gimenez, the executive director of Food First. The companies, while well-intentioned, are now competing with the other players in the surplus market, incentivizing farmers to overproduce to meet that demand.