I saw something while shopping today that truly gave me pause.
It was a sealed foil bag with a built in screw top cap to sip from, full of "fruit."
Supposedly it is real fruit. Apples, bananas, mangoes, different flavors, mixed with apple juice or cranberry juice, a full serving of fruit on the go! Mashed up and thinned so you can suck it from a tube! Only 88 cents!
For the same amount, you could buy your kid a couple of pieces of real fruit. A banana, at 49 cents a pound, and a peach, at about 99 cents a pound, won't quite be that much, in fact, because neither would weigh a whole pound. Then you would have the whole pieces of fruit, with the fiber, with the nutrients not partially cooked out from being processed into a package.
Why? Why do we process everything? What makes people think that it is better because it has been packaged and processed into an unrecognizable goo?
What are they going to do to food next? I don't want to know. I know what I am going to do. Continue to buy my kids and myself and Sweetie real fruits, real veggies, real food. Not packages of goo, no matter how cheap they seem to be.
Update on kittens: the three newest ones, Buster Davis, Kaitlyn, and Dawnflower, are growing well and want a bigger box. Mike is still taking the bottle, as he is the smallest of the bigger kittens, but the other 8, Dan, Sasha, Stormfur, Crowfeather, Hummingbird, Tiger, John, and Fuzz are all either totally able to drink from the bowl, or will do so if I lead their noses down to it. Everybody is growing like crazy, and several still have the runs. As long as they eat and grow, I can handle that.
Angam Day -- Nauru (celebration of overcoming hardships)
Exaltation of the Shellfish -- Pontevedra, Spain
Horseless Carriage Day
Ludi Victoriae Sullanae -- Roman Empire (celebration of the victories of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, through Nov. 1)
National Day -- Austria
National Mincemeat Pie Day
Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night
Cary Elwes, 1962
Lauren Tewes, 1954
Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1947
Pat Sajak, 1947
Jaclyn Smith, 1947
Bob Hoskins, 1942
Jackie Coogan, 1914
Mahalia Jackson, 1911
Today in History:
Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth (2.1 million miles and 3.4 million kilometers)--marking the third closest approach of any comet to our planet in recorded history, 1366
First use of lead pencils, 1492
William Penn accepts the area around the the Delaware River from the Duke of York, 1682
The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, and the Minute Men begin to organize in the colonies, 1774
King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution, 1775
Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution, 1776
The first of the "Federalist Papers" are published, calling for ratification of the US Constitution, 1787
The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created, 1795
Hamilton Smith patents a rotary washing machine, 1858
Soccer football rules are standardized and rugby starts as a separate game, 1863
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona, 1881
First use of a "getaway car" after a robbery in Paris, 1901
The first Soviet (worker's council) formed, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1905
Margaret Sanger arrested for the obscenity of advocating birth control, 1916
The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India, 1947
Mother Teresa founds her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, 1950
Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France, 1958
The world sees the far side of the Moon for the first time, in pictures taken earlier in the month by the Soviet Luna 3, 1959
The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia, 1977
"Baby Fae," born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, receives a controversial heart transplant from a baboon, dies of kidney infection 21 days later, 1984
The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum, 1992
Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty, 1994
Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament, 1999
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