(Update: Be sure to read priceless comment from “Carrot Museum” and responses in comment section. Copy posted below in this post. Feel free to respond!)
You know me. Every once in awhile I have just got to do a public service announcement. Besides, I’m sick of these horrendous politicians. Let’s focus on something that has more brains than the average Congress Critter: Baby carrots.
Well first, let’s get this straight. Most baby carrots aren’t baby carrots at all.
They LOOK like babies but what they are really pieces of deformed and rejected large carrots nobody wants to buy. They are are banged around in machines and shaped to look like little baby carrot imposters.
That’s why you rarely see baby carrots with skin on them. The ones with skin on them would be real baby carrots. The “peeled” baby carrots never were real baby carrots to begin with. When I learned this, I stopped eating baby carrots. I’m funny that way. I don’t like being lied to and I don’t like the thought that I am eating a piece of a rejected carrot that has been not only misleadingly shaped to look like it was once its own child-carrot, but has been named what it is not.
Well, there’s more about baby carrots I didn’t know till now. Now if you have ever left an open bag of baby carrots in the fridge, you learn pretty quickly that their outter area turns dry and……….white. Now, funny, but whole big carrots never do that. Apparently, producers of carrot pieces shaped and called baby carrots figured out a cool way to keep those little suckers fresher longer on that supermarket shelf without that white haze forming so fast. Let’s face it, longer shelf life means no carrots get thrown away before some sucker buys them.
How do they do this, you ask? Well, better living through chemicals, of course.
When a baby carrot turns white they call this, “white blushing” and often times this “white blushing” causes the bags of carrots to pulled from the shelf and thrown away. Consumer waste. To prevent this consumer waste the carrots are then dipped in the chlorine.
Here’s the truth about baby carrots, brought to you by the….um…Carrot Museum. Make your vacation plans early or you might not be able to visit.
Don’t you just love Big Agra? They’re always looking out for us! Of course, they insist that the bleach isn’t enough to harm you or anything….That’s why Congress is so excited about making laws that “reform” food production and ensure small farmers go out of business. It’s called the Food Safety and Modernization Act (an oxymoron similar to the “Clear Skies Initiative”). They are considering this law folks. Their sponsor Monsanto insists on it. Wave bye-bye to your local farmer. And since Monsanto has vested interest in the USDA now, thanks to Barack Obama, I’m sure they support this law. So let’s just call it what it is: The Monsanto Law. Just don’t expect bleach to be removed from “baby carrots,” mmkay?
Also please read “He appears to Giveth but will they Taketh Away instead?” before the only carrots you will be able to find will be in a bag because your local farmer closed down. Monsanto loves you and so do their friends in Congress!
Oops, I digressed. You had better believe it. You’re about to be screwed. Again. Learn to love bleach!
Now back to “Baby Carrots”: Yum! You be sure and pick up that phony bag of baby carrots, you hear? You can pretend you are eating a real baby carrot while bleaching out your system.
Want to see how they’re made? Minus the chlorine or deformity discussion, of course. Instead we have “long thin carrots”.
And just in case some nasty blogger tells you the truth about those phony baby carrots (I’m not naming any names!), there is a push on to make fake baby carrots look…well….sexy. And how would they do that in an unusal and creative way? Why by using a woman as a sex object, of course!
UPDATE! Comment from “John” at the “Carrotmuseum” in the UK:
There are perfectly safe methods of washing baby carrots organically, a natural substance called Citrox.
Can I suggest everyone reads the Carrot Museum piece on baby carrots which gives the full story and not this biased effort of yours!
Dear John from the Carrot Museum in the UK, thanks for commenting!
“ProGarda™ decontaminant range has been specifically formulated for the decontamination of fruits and vegetables.
These products are viable alternatives to the use of chlorine (or other compounds or systems) for decontaminating fresh fruits and vegetables.”
So are you telling us that they do NOT use bleach to keep the fake baby carrots from turning white faster as in the quote? If so, why is the quote there? If not, are you suggesting that the CONSUMER use a Citrox chemical on their fake baby carrots? And are you telling me that these baby carrots are really baby carrots? If so perhaps a nice package of it could be included in the bag with a warning to “decontaminate” with this Citrox. Or AT LEAST a WARNING on the bag so we can pass them up if we want to and make sure the people we care about know about it too?
And why do they use the word “decontaminate” for fruits and vegetables? Is there something else we need to worry about with our fruits and veggies in general? We love being informed. I wish I HAD seen anything you wrote about Citrox, the piece would have been much longer as I told everyone they need to go buy a chemcial to clean up their bleached carrots. If you’d like, I surely would update it to do that. I know I’m excited to know this and I’m sure everyone else will be too. Sorry for that snark but let’s face it, if you are suggesting we go out and buy this chemical to neutralize bleach on our preformed baby carrots, I don’t think that would go over very well. How the heck many things can people do to a preformed carrot before it no longer even tastes like the carrots we are all old enough to have known and loved?
But you know, like Ktichen Daily
and the good Greencleanmom
says in her link I referenced, what difference to all these explanations make when we are talking about dipping our veggies in chemicals before we even get them so that they might have a longer shelf life?
“You can also go find the patented information on washing carrots and the dilution rate of the chlorine the carrots are dipped in, as though that matters.
I like baby carrots and find them convenient and my children like them. After reading this and finding out the truth, I will be buying my carrots organic and whole.”
You’ll excuse us if we agree with Green Clean Mom instead of you. Is that okay with you? If not, then stop using bleach on our baby carrots and maybe you could stop calling them baby carrots unless they ARE baby carrots.
How many people do you think would be all excited to know they could buy a chemical to clean up another chemical on their baby carrots that aren’t really baby carrots at all. That’s the other question. Could you tell me why they call them baby carrots when they are not?
I do have another question though, if you want to inform us instead of slap us around because we are insulted that they cover our carrots with bleach, as if it’s our fault and shame on US for not feeling too good about that. My question is, why do they mention apples, oranges, etc. as well. Do they do this to them too or is it just the waxy thing? Yum!
And finally, I DO ADMIT TO BEING BIASED against my food being treated with BLEACH. Should I be PLEASED instead? You might want to check out the internets on this and comment to everyone who is a bit sickened by the thought that these bags of goodies have bleach on them and tell them to go buy another chemical to clean them off before eating them. So we would appreciate if we would not be made to feel guilty or threatened because we don’t care to have our food treated with bleach and that makes you angry, as if there is something wrong with us that we don’t think this whole idea is just fine.
I do have one more question. Do our USA carrots come from England like you do? Please tell us it’s not so! We like our carrots to come from China as we love us our melamine with our bleach.
As for the sex object ad, well I don’t even know what to say. I know I would want MY daughter to see how she is meant to behave when she grows up, even unto eating a carrot…. and she could learn that from the carrot growers of America, who I am assuming have daughters as well.
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