Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Peaches from China?
I got sucked in to buying these Dole packaged peaches at Publix this past week. It's hard to pass up a "BOGO" deal and these little things make life easy for feeding a toddler a quick snack. I bought them with a little wince because I don't like the non-environmentally-friendly packaging but sometimes I let some ideals go in order to relieve snack-stress.
So here I am thinking I am feeding my baby peaches from here in America... I don't like that I know that they are probably not locally grown, but it's okay for this week.
Then I flip over the package only to see that these little peaches CAME FROM CHINA!?!? What?! I just bought a product that came from halfway across the globe to California and then traveled across the country to SC?!? No telling the crazy chemicals in those things and think of all the fuel and energy it took to transport it across the world?! Why are American companies perpetually the slave-to-cheap and will sacrifice using a locally grown, sustainable, and quality product for just saving some cash?
I have peaches growing just 10 minutes away. I will again take the effort to go buy those juicy, fresh beauties. No amount of packaged "ease" is worth spending my money on...especially for a fruit being grown who-knows-how halfway across the planet.
Sometimes BOGO isn't a great deal after all.