One tweet launched the debate of the year. Nathalie Gordon of London tweeted, "if only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them."
As a mom (and a consumer!), I can tell you four reasons why I can get behind the unpeeled, prepackaged movement.
- Kids Hate Delayed Gratification. We're told to involve our kids in the process of preparing their food, so that they'll be more likely to eat it. That means gauging interest, sparking ideas, and offering samples. If I ask my kiddo what she thinks about bananas for breakfast, she's going to want a banana RIGHT NOW. That leaves me two options: Tell her no, deal with the tantrum, and let her hash out her banana hatred in therapy down the line, or pick up a bunch, hand her one, and ask the cashier to weigh one of the bananas twice, which is arguably going to short one of us since the likelihood of two bananas weighing the exact same is about the same as both my kids eating the same food for dinner. And before you hate on me for not teaching my kids to wait, please picture your hangriest self, then take away your ability to act as an adult, add in a long day of running, climbing, and playing, and then tell me why you wouldn't lose it that you could have one freaking piece of fruit please mom.
I can guarantee you that we will cherish that plastic container. It will hold tonight's leftovers, then be washed, dried, colored, adorned with stickers, and used as a hat before it heads to the recycling bin. And when the alternative is cracking open a box of cookies when I'm waiting in like at 5:36 and the kids wanted to eat exactly six minutes ago, I'm going to be thrilled to offer them pieces of orange as we wait in our double-car grocery cart. Anything for an extra shot of vitamin C!
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