I shop for my vegetables at BJ's and Sam's, two discount stores that have outlets on the East Coast. I've noticed that some of the veggies look suspiciously GMO or manufactured: they look exactly alike, as GMO corn on the cob would look -- that is, perfect teeth with no trace of crookedness or dark pigment (i.e., no brown corn kernels):
Green Beans (and Cut Green Beans)
Am I missing something: why would every zucchini be the same size and diameter? Why would every frozen broccoli floret look exactly alike as if they came out on a conveyor belt (the frozen brand I often buy is the generic "Wellsley Farms").
Should I be worried about the appearance and shop at a local organic farmer's market? Or should the farmers supplying veggies to these outlets be praised for producing such "perfect" wares?
I think what you are seeing is the effect of hybridization, the old school type of genetic modification. Most modern field veggie varieties are bred for consistent appearance and cared for in a way that maximizes uniformity (such as identical nutrients and watering plans).
I agree entirely that vegetables shouldn't look like clones of each other. I always suggest to people that they try local farms/farmers markets for fresh produce. That way you're almost always guaranteed to get what is the most fresh and in season for your area.
The farmers do other things with the irregulars. Corn, maybe not. In my hometown there is an organization I volunteered at where I was sorting ugly cucumbers that had been donated for poor elderly folks. People in the regular stores don't want to buy crooked, warty vegetables.
Remember that supermarkets always choose the consistently sized and attractive looking produce out of a bunch of veggies/fruit - the deformed ones or rejects are tossed. I once saw footage of the selection process, where produce is passed through conveyor belt-type devices that only let through certain sized items, hence the size consistency. There is huge pressure on suppliers who have a lot of their "ugly" produce rejected by large supermarket chains.
I have an asian supermarket nearby who gets all the rejects - ugly looking mutant veggies that taste just as great and do the same job as their photogenic counterparts, all at a fraction of the price.
I know EXACTLY what you mean! BJs 5 lb bag of ORGANIC carrots are all completely uniform in shape and size. I have grown carrots and have never been able to duplicate this. Of course, I do not grow my veggies in Monsantos laboratories, either.