Meet the people getting 'ugly' food onto plates and away from the bin

As volunteers dart in and out of the 30 or so stores located at Block 16 of the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, grabbing boxes of unwanted fruit and vegetables, the call rings out from nearly every vendor or a worker: “Wait, wait… There’s more!”

It serves as a pointed reminder of not only the generosity of the shopkeepers here, but also the scale of food waste in Singapore, especially of produce. Fruit and vegetables, which don’t always take kindly to over-handling, are notorious for undergoing a strict process of aesthetic filtering in order to be sold in supermarkets.

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