If only this was a smell-a-puter. Then I could give you the rather unpleasant, but probably considered, option of smelling the chicken that came out of my fridge today. That’s right, THE chicken. You know–the stuff I bought last week at BJ’s due to the chaos of our schedule. The nearly 10 lbs of chicken thighs that said “SELL BY 3/8/10.” The same chicken that was packaged in individual plastic pouches and then in a larger plastic wrapper to eliminate styrofoam and save the environment. Yeah, that’s the stuff.
Well, when I opened it today, 3/7/10…it seriously polluted my environment! I didn’t take the time (or the effort that it would have commanded to control my gag reflex) to open each individual pouch so see if there was any that was salvageable…the whole nearly 10 lbs went straight into a garbage bag and into a garbage bin. Yet another perfect example of food waste.
Now I know that for the most part our food systems are safe. Think of all of the food that is eaten each day with no ill consequences–But there have been those times when there was a recognized large scale issue with our food (spinach or peanut butter anyone?). There have been deaths. Now I like the convenience of buying a bunch of chicken, and I like the price even more…but not enough to risk killing my dinner guests with the meat! So the ethical decision is to throw that convenience and $$ away. This completes the perfect example of how our life impacts our food demands, that impacts how food is grown/packaged/shipped, in turn impacting what we purchase and serve to our loved ones…or toss in the garbage. (The phrase running through my head all day: “There are starving children in the world!”) I am at least relieved to know I have a whole chicken from the CNY Bounty thawing in my fridge for this week.
The moral of this story? “Tis better to have no meat at all than to spend your money on rancid chicken.”