Patrons of those stores presumably care more about what they ingest than us mere mortals because they pay so much more for their staples, like quinoa and malted milk balls. For “competitive reasons”, these chain stores refuse to disclose where their stuff comes from, leaving their customers in the dark (where admittedly they live anyway, so as to avoid the dangers of sunlight) and unable to determine where that bit of parsley, still foaming with pesticide and rinsed in sewage water, might have been grown.
Yet Mexico ships us deadly mangos while China continues to flood our shores with tainted milk, poisoned shrimp and, you ask, what in God’s name else? Doggy treats – tired of Fido? Feed’m Chinese turkey jerky.
You can learn all about the presence of trans fats or nut oil in your box of Orgasmic Oats, but not where the gluten-free wheat was grown and contaminated. That doesn’t bother me, but I wonder at the SUV Mommies’ naivety and blind faith in the goodness of mystery food from Trader Joe and his friends.
UPDATE: To respond to comments: “Trader Joe’s does not provide ‘country of origin” disclosures on most of its private label brands, citing reasons of food source and supplier secrecy”. (Besides, all you devoted shoppers, the stuff about Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s was mostly intended as filler to give me a chance to post a bad pun – ya wanna eat at Joe’s, s’okay with me).