Saturday, November 21, 2009

Food Packaging

In the past few years of trying to eliminate plastics from my household, I have become increasingly aware (and disgusted) by the ubiquitous and unrelenting use of plastics in the produce section of the grocery store. Bananas in a plastic container. Apples sliced and sealed in pull-open baggy -- to transform your apple into an easy to eat "snack". So the amount of petroleum used to transport these goods to us may now have been surpassed my the amount of petroleum used to make them shiny and palatable.
Why does plastic make it palatable? Why are we, as consumers, not able to look at an apple and recognize its Holy packaging, made ready and available for us to eat in its own simple existence? Is it because they should be washed? And we're unsure of the amount of chemicals sprayed on the orchard? Why does the layer of plastic between the creation and our mouths make it safer? God forbid we actually have to process or wash our food, God forbid we are forced to know that it is a process, a growth of life. Maybe we can't face it because we would have to face the fact that we are also a process, a growth of life, an individual sprout on the stalk of many brussels sprouts...

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