11/19/2013 10:42 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2013

'Defective Carrots' Shows The Dark Side Of Supermarket Sourcing (PHOTOS)

Why don't we ever end up seeing these guys at the supermarket? Here's the story.

Have you ever stopped to think about why all the produce in supermarkets often look nearly identical? It's not an accident -- a lot of non-uniform vegetables are rejected before they hit shelves. They are "deemed unfit for consumers' eyes," according to Defective Carrots, a new book from the U.K.

These carrots are scanned for any deficiencies and if they don't pass the test, they are either sliced into batons or turned into animal feed.

In Defective Carrots, photographer Tim Smyth shows that different can be beautiful, too. Some of the carrots that Smyth photographed are almost humorous, actually. "Many people have told me these photographs are erotic," Smyth told Co. Design.

Would you purchase the carrots below?

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