Food banks ask for ugly fruit

DENVER — Food banks across Colorado are asking Wal-Mart stores for their ugly fruit.

While the company sells misshapen or discolored fruit at discounted prices in some states, the program doesn’t exist in Colorado.

According to the food waste reduction organization ReFED, uneaten food emits greenhouse gases and takes up one-fifth of landfill space.

Farmers know the ugly fruit won’t sell so unless a company buys it, it’s composted or disposed of.

John Forrest Ales, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, wouldn’t say how much unwanted produce is picked out at the company’s distribution center.

Ales wouldn’t commit to any plans to include Colorado in the program but he did say Wal-Mart will consider it.