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.

15 comments:

Rebecca said...

Awesome post! I think I am going to call the 1-800 number on their package in your picture and let them know I will not purchase China peaches!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!!

Rebecca

Chrysanthemama said...

Isn't that crazy?? I thought the same thing when I was browsing the produce at Walmart. Oranges from AFRICA. Hello, doesn't Florida have oranges too?

eyelandgirl said...

Great post! It's also great that you noticed where the peaches came from. I think many people just rush through life without being aware of how their choices are affecting the future of our world. You brought a global issue into our kitchens where we can do something about it!

Bonita said...

That's insane! Particularly when there are orchards chock full of peaches all over SC and GA!

That's one thing I've really tried to pay attention to with fresh produce lately. I look to see that it's a product of the USA, with bananas being my exception. However, it never occurred to me to check packaged fruit and veggies. Thanks for the revelation.

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Wow. I knew things were crazy but you're right, that is REALLY crazy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

contented sparrow said...

thanks for posting! it is horrifically crazy, isn't it?! i'll call, too.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Yep, I was tempted by that BOGO too. The darn things always contain high fructose corn syrup, you know to disguise that yucky, natural sweetness.

THE CHETNEY 3 said...

So crazy! A little while back, my mother-in-law alerted me to the fact that the store brand pickles we were both buying were coming from India. India?! I had never even thought to look. Bick's, however, are made in Canada, so that is now the brand we use. The same store also brings in their beef from Ecuador. Hello?! We live in the Canadian prairies where beef is SO plentiful. What is wrong with this picture?

kristinwithani said...

And the expiration date?!?!??!

Anonymous said...

Why would we want to eat food processed in a country that has so little concern for poisons and toxins (lead in baby's toys and mercury in seafood)??? I am concerned that they (China) might not even have safety standards for food packaging. Is the FDA or Dole even inspecting this food for safety? I think we just bought our last Dole product...

Kimberly said...

Yup. You've got to look for it! I bought two jars of peaches awhile back from the natural food store and didn't think to look. I opened the first and then saw they were from China. We ate them, but I returned the second jar and told them when I returned them that I wanted to only buy food from America. Local/homegrown and organic are best, but not always possible I know--but China?? Come on!

Anonymous said...

I was duped too purchasing Dole peaches from Walmart that were made in China but distributed by a CA address. The amazing thing is our government passed the food safety bill S510, that bars us from selling or giving away produce grown in our own yards or farms without a permit, yet lets these imports in without a problem. Keep spreading the word. If we don't buy them, they will stop making them in China.

Anonymous said...

I myself am no longer purchasing Dole simply because of this China problem and have attempted to contact Dole. They only supply an e-mail for comments, no address to be found. I left an e-mail, no response of course. Keep your eyes open. Last weekend I was tricked at Costco too when I purchased the freeze-dried fruit. The bananas are from China. Threw them all away.

Dave said...

We're trying to get Dole's attention. See http://www.madeincommunistchina.com

Anonymous said...

Upset Sue **** I just purchased some of those Dole Peaches today at Costco and they are going back.