Her solution? Fruta Feia, or Ugly Fruit, a co-op that collects and sells imperfect fruit at bargain prices. Since its founding in 2013, it has rescued more than 140 tons of food. With Soares' help, food waste has become a culinary cause célèbre. This spring, deep-fried skate cartilage, veggie burgers made with leftover pulp from a juicing machine, and cod collars were on the menu at New York City's Blue Hill restaurant during what was essentially Fashion Week for food scraps. If you follow the news, it's difficult to avoid the disturbing statistics: The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually. Here in the United States, 40 percent of food, or 80 billion pounds, is tossed out to the tune of $100 billion annually. This, while 1 in 6 Americans faces hunger.