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Source: Cam Peters • The Spectator

Ugly Produce: Coming soon to your doorstep

Topos
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Nov 9, 2018 · 6 min read

Ugly on trend

Right now, ugly is cool. It’s cool in fashion (ugly sweaters, ugly shoes), on Netflix (David Chang’s foodie porn show “Ugly Delicious”), and even in produce. You may be scratching your head and asking “ugly in produce?” But, there’s a growing movement to embrace the ugly in order to address the issue of food waste in our country. Just because they’re ugly, 20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are wasted on farms each year.

Ugly produce stats

In the United States, up to 20 percent of fruits and vegetables are wasted because they look a little different, and grocery stores won’t accept them, whether due to size (too big or too small), color, or blemishes, even though these imperfections don’t affect flavor or nutrition. Take a good scroll through the Instagram account uglyfruitandveg to get a sense of what ugly produce looks like.

Ugly produce for the win

There’s no shortage of reasons why the work that Imperfect Produce is doing is important, but in case you need a few more…

  • The company has also donated over 1 million pounds of ugly produce to food banks and donation partners–not only are they reducing food waste, they’re helping to reduce hunger in our country.
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We formed Topos to advance the understanding of location through the interconnected lenses of data and artificial intelligence. While there are well-known tools such as the United States Census that use manual techniques to collect information about different locations, using data and AI enables a dynamic, highly granular, and globally scalable understanding of place — an understanding we think is valuable given the rapidly evolving nature of cities and neighborhoods around the world. Powered by hundreds of structured and unstructured data sources, and pulling from a wide variety of technologies and disciplines — computer vision, natural language processing, network science, machine learning, statistics, topology, urbanism, data visualization and information design — we are creating a transformative platform for understanding urban life and the culture of neighborhoods.

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The beautiful expansion of ugly produce

Imperfect Produce came to us in 2017 with a question: after a successful launch in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, they wanted to understand how to plan their next wave of growth by predicting customer penetration in neighborhoods across the Portland and Seattle metro regions before entering those markets.

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