Currently, strange shaped veggies … carrots that look like human sex organs, potatoes that look like Mr. Potato head wearing glasses, and of course, rutabagas in the shape of the Virgin Mother Mary cannot be legally sold in Western Europe. That regulation is about to be lifted.
Currently, for instance,
Class I cucumbers must “be reasonably well shaped and practically straight (maximum height of the arc: 10 mm per 10 cm of the length of cucumber)”. Class II “slightly crooked cucumbers may have a maximum height of the arc of 20 mm per 10 cm of length of the cucumber”.
As a result of this sort of regulaion, tons (or, actually tonnes, because it is in Europe) of produce is chucked every year in Europe. While there are starving people in Africa.
The new regulations address this wastefulness, as well as an increased interest in heritage produce. But, I feel that there was also a secret concern that by tossing out odd looking carrots, turnips and tomatoes, thousands of holy images are being discarded. This is not a religious concern for the Europeans, but rather, an effort to increase the productivity of the European portion of the eBay market.