March 4, 2016

Orange you glad Whole Foods is peeling oranges for people?

Some are glad but many are very angry:



I love the debate in the comments at the tweet. It goes from utter anger, using my personal go-to swear phrase...
Fucking hell. That makes me unbelievably angry actually. Talk about necessarily contributing to plastic taking over the planet.
... to the empathetic vibrations of the Betsys of this world:
Just FYI, not everybody is physically able to peel an orange.

60 comments:

Gahrie said...

But, but, but....its Whole Foods...I thought they were a good company that wanted to save the world!

Might as well be shopping at Wal Mart!!!!

Original Mike said...

But where will I get my orange zest?

rhhardin said...

So long as they let us peel tangerines I'm for it.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I'm more interested in the industrial processing required and how they predicted they'd make money off it.

David Begley said...

Can't shop at Wal Mart. Wrong crowd.

Aside. I realized what CAGW was all about when I saw the former CEO of WMT speak at Davos. He said that Wal Mart was all in favor of going Green but his customers just couldn't afford it. Translation: Green products are *all about* higher prices and better gross margins for Corporate America. Look at light bulbs.

Mary Beth said...

There probably would have been fewer protests if they had sectioned them too.

Jake said...

Are the people that can't physically peeling oranges doing much shopping at WHole Foods? I'd like to see the numbers.

Original Mike said...

They charge less for an orange without all its parts, right?

Freeman Hunt said...

If the oranges are going to be naked, they need bigger labels.

The Cracker Emcee said...

"There probably would have been fewer protests if they had sectioned them too."

Hilariously, that's almost certainly true. It's the sight of the whole peeled orange offered for sale that seems so incongruous. You don't hear any Lefties whining about the bags of sliced apples.

Henry said...

So much for zest.

Ann Althouse said...

Seems obvious that some people only eat part of an orange at a time and will need a way to wrap it up between feedings.

This is especially so with small people, such as children, and children have a lot of trouble peeling an orange. Picture a parent in a car with a child. He wouldn't hand the kid a whole orange. He'd give one section and close up the pack. An older child could handle the package, get out individual slices, and not make a mess.

The alternative is a snack that would come in its own packaging.

And those plastic containers are recyclable.

Fernandinande said...

empathetic vibrations

To wander the journey is to become one with it. The totality is electrified with vibrations.
"If you have never experienced this reintegration inherent in nature, it can be difficult to heal. Although you may not realize it, you are ever-present. How should you navigate this life-affirming galaxy?"

Laslo Spatula said...

Oranges without their metaphorical Yoga pants. Takes a bit of the mystery away.

I am Laslo.

Henry said...

children have a lot of trouble peeling an orange.

The solution is clementines.

I don't know where Trader Joes sources them, but you can buy bags of cheap clementines there, year-round, where the peel falls off and curls into pill bug on the floor if you just give it a hard look.

Trader Joes also has bags of smaller apples. With my kids, one of the real annoyances with chain grocery stores was that the apples are huge. I appreciate the GMO scientists increasing the yield, but no kid can eat one of these grapefruit-sized monstrosities in one go.

Freeman Hunt said...

This is especially so with small people, such as children, and children have a lot of trouble peeling an orange. Picture a parent in a car with a child. He wouldn't hand the kid a whole orange. He'd give one section and close up the pack. An older child could handle the package, get out individual slices, and not make a mess.

This is true. However, most kids eat Cuties and Halos (mandarin oranges) these days because they're easy to peel. (So easy to peel that even my four year old can do it.)

Ann Althouse said...

"However, most kids eat Cuties and Halos (mandarin oranges)..."

Sometimes they are not so good. They can be dry and disappointing.

Oranges are REALLY good right now. Don't miss them!

We bought 2 half-gallon containers of fresh-squeezed orange juice when we went to Whole Foods yesterday, because it's so good right now. That's a ridiculous number of oranges, and the juice form is the absolute laziest form of orange.

jr565 said...

If plastic is bad, and natural is good, why would you peel an orange and replace the natural covering with plastic.
If peeling an orange is too difficult, maybe don't buy oranges.

jr565 said...

some studies suggested that millenials don't eat cereal because it's too difficultl to make. Cereal.
Open the box, put cereal in a bowl. Put milk in the cereal. Put spoon in the bowl.
That's too much.
So I can totally see why peeling an orange might be too much as well.
Eating a hard boiled egg or cooking spaghetti must be like doing brain surgery for these kids.

Freeman Hunt said...

Oranges are REALLY good right now. Don't miss them!

That's a great tip because I stopped buying them after my last two bags (at least a year ago) were horrible. I'll be sure to get a bag of oranges this week!

Mrs Whatsit said...

Talk about a First World problem.

Freeman Hunt said...

I get annoyed that bad produce is even sold. If there weren't enough good cows, you wouldn't find ground gristle in sold as ground beef.

Jim said...

The Horror, the horror. The tragedy of having to peel a covering from food. Grapes should be next, bananas too of course. Ultimately, wouldn't it just be easier to set up rows of barcaloungers, and have whole food feeder robots take care of the over stressed public. No need to worry about PC problems with packaging, all that quilt and stress. Plus, you could watch the iTunes, and not have to think of the peasants who harvested the food.

Fabi said...

I'm just glad that oranges have become political, too.

Fabi said...

**politicized**

Original Mike said...

"some studies suggested that millenials don't eat cereal because it's too difficultl to make. Cereal.
Open the box, put cereal in a bowl. Put milk in the cereal. Put spoon in the bowl.
That's too much."<


I think I read they object to the cleaning up.

JSD said...

They peel them because they want to sell more fresh oranges. Currently, 90% of oranges get juiced. Juice requires capital equipment, labor and refrigeration. Environmentally, the baggie is a pretty small tradeoff. It would better and healthier if everybody consumed more fresh oranges, but that’s not what the market has been demanding. It’s called capitalism.

MadisonMan said...

Here's an idea: If you're physically unable to peel an orange, have something else.

I am assuming that illegal immigrants with dirty fingernails are the ones peeling the oranges. Because American Citizens won't stoop to such manual labor.

Gahrie said...


some studies suggested that millenials don't eat cereal because it's too difficultl to make.

It's more about the fact that you have to wash the bowl afterwards...

Henry said...

Who here buys fresh pineapples?

Henry said...

Truly virtuous people would demand the peel on the orange so they can eat it.

ngtrains said...

Cereal - you can get plastic bowls - just toss away. Oops - recycle them.
(but you are supposed to rinse before recycling - so I guess that's too hard

Freeman Hunt said...

I buy pineapples. If you have one of those corer-slicers that you twist, they're easy.

chickelit said...

D-limonene is derived from orange peel oil and is great all around substitute for many petroleum-based solvents. It smells terrific! (not that Althouse would appreciate that).I have a gallon of the stuff and use it sparingly for cleaning and for scenting. Don't assume that the orange peels are going to waste. The leftover cellulose is probably composted or fed to something else.

Smilin' Jack said...

At Wegman's they sell individual cans of tuna, or you can buy six and get a reduced price per can. They could set their scanners to count the cans and give the reduced price for six. Instead they sell six-packs--six cans bound together in a thick plastic covering. This is to save customers the effort of counting to six.

chickelit said...

Freeman Hunt said...I buy pineapples. If you have one of those corer-slicers that you twist, they're easy.

Mangos are one of the most labor-intensive fruits to enjoy. First there's the peel with very little pith which you have to remove with a peeler. Then there's the juicy flesh which clings to the pit. I do appreciate Trader Joe's frozen mangos for making mango salsa.

Henry said...

BTW, plastic isn't taking over the planet. Not even those k-cups. Most plastic is recyclable. Container plastic is quite thin (and has gotten much thinner over the years). Perhaps the biggest category of landfill waste is construction debris.

It's not the packaging. It's the building.

Henry said...

I find mangoes easier than pineapples. You don't have to peel mangoes. You can just cut them in half around the pit, then slice the fruit away from the skin. See here.

But how do you peel a pineapple without wasting a lot of fruit?

Bob Boyd said...

Laslo could talk an orange into taking its own peel off.

Sal said...

Perhaps the biggest category of landfill waste is construction debris.

I can't get excited about landfills. I don't even know where Madison's trash goes, and it's never a local issue that I hear about. Who cares if there's a 40-acre mountain of trash somewhere? I've neither seen it nor smelled it. And I don't worry about empty K-cups or plastic bags.

Bob Boyd said...

Laslo would have the naked orange out on grocery aisle, selling sections of itself and bringing him the money.

SayAahh said...

Melania Trump does not peel oranges.

SayAahh said...

Melania Trump does not shop.

SayAahh said...

Melania trump does not drive.

SayAahh said...

Melania Trump the perfect first lady.

Bill Peschel said...

children have a lot of trouble peeling an orange.

The solution is clementines.

Or maybe eat a banana? Why does it have to be an orange?

Is it entitlement to demand that thing even when that thing is not good to eat at the time, or too difficult? Does society have to always bend itself to fit your limitations? (I say always to get rid of people who say "but what about wheelchair-only parking spaces? What have you got against crippled people you monster!")

Levi Starks said...

How Obama fixed unemployment.
Minimum wage orange peelers,
Or is it a piece work job?

Original Mike said...

"not everybody is physically able to peel an orange."

No problem. I understand knives are now legal in Wisconsin.

Howard said...

Being a rich nation is sooooooooooooooo hard. Either you have to defend waste and sloth or feel guilty because you won life's lottery.

Sigivald said...

If you don't mind peeling an orange, or care deeply about packaging, don't buy a pre-peeled one.

Problem solved, comrade.

coupe said...

The more the food is handled, the more likely it will be contaminated.

Fabi said...

Don't spoil the fun by employing reason, Sigivald! Don't you know that special snowflakes are trying to earn their oranges-wrapped-in-plastic-are-destroying-the-planet Social Justice Merit Badges? lol

buck said...

Read a bit further in the Twitter responses--Whole Foods caved and promised to pull the peeled oranges!

JaimeRoberto said...

It does seem like a waste of money, but it's not my money, so I don't care. If you really want to get their panties in a wad, ask them how far those oranges pealed or unpealed had to be trucked to reach the store.

Michael said...

What is the matter with people? Why do they feel compelled to approve or disapprove of every little thing that comes along? Can't anything just be? Or why can't something be good in some circumstances and bad in others? Or maybe good up to a point but bad beyond that? Whatever happened to judgment?

clint said...

"Fucking hell. That makes me unbelievably angry actually."

This is the perspective problem of the first world.

Talk about the million children who die of malaria every year. Dispassionate weighing of the pros and cons of DDT.

Talk about female circumcision in the muslim world. Disquisition on the importance of multicultural tolerance.

Talk about pre-peeled oranges. Emotional meltdown.

Environmentalism is an old-school religion of taboos and rituals and tribal self-righteousness.

Dr Weevil said...

chickelit:
I don't assume that the orange peels are going to waste, or that they are composted or "fed to something else": I suspect some are sold to Chinese restaurants to make Orange Beef and Orange Chicken. There are probably other dishes that call for orange peel without the rest of the orange, but those are the most obvious ones.

heyboom said...

Thanks for that Sivigald.

There are thousands of things in a Whole Foods store that I would never partake of, but I'm not trying to tell other people that they can't have it either.

cubanbob said...

Whats wrong with living in a country so rich that people can afford such a ridiculous waste of money?

jr565 said...

Shouldn't they find a way to put the oranges in cloth bags? Because plastic is evil. Alternatively, how about get off people's cases if they want to bring their grocery home (including perhaps peeled oranges that are in plastic wrap) in a bag that doesn't have salmonella in it.