The Cost of De-Nutrifying

These are the ingredients of Planters Dry Roasted Sunflower Seeds, found in my local supermarket for $0.37 per ounce:

“SUNFLOWER SEED KERNELS, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF SEA SALT, SPICES (CONTAINS CELERY), DRIED ONION, DRIED GARLIC, PAPRIKA, NATURAL FLAVOR, SUGAR, GELATIN, TORULA YEAST, CORNSTARCH, DRIED CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN.”

These are the ingredients of Bob’s Red Mill Sunflower Seeds, found on the same shelf for $0.49 per ounce: “Sunflower Seeds.”

At first one might think that the Planters should cost more, as there is more ‘stuff’ inside the bag.

But no, that’s not the case.

Firstly, it’s not apples to apples: one (Bob’s) is non-GMO, the other is not.

Secondly, why the hell would you want all of that other stuff in there anyway?

Some people sometimes ask me, why not just pay less for the same thing, and take the cheaper option?

It’s not the same at all, and in fact, the Planters is far more expensive.

The costs of destroying the planet by supporting sub-optimally farmed crops is high.

So is the cost of poisoning and de-nutrifying ourselves slowly over time.

Look around, right now. On the news. Don’t just take my word for it.

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