California Mandarins are Controversial

Recently a friend at my dinner table admired the centerpiece of bright orange fruit.

So refreshing in the middle of winter.

Easy to peel. A burst of taste on the tongue. Seedless, too. MMmmm.


But did I know that certain brands are irrigated with wastewater from oil production? she asked.

Was my brand the contaminated brand?

I’ve been thinking about these concerns as I admire the pretty orbs. Looking at the little stickers on the peels. Reading the minimal print on the package. Wondering.

There are stacks of boxes of these mandarins at the markets. Piles and piles of bags of this particular produce.

Thinking I was getting some vitamin C.

Yikes

 *Stanford weighs in on mandarins- link

 

I put them in pretty Spode bowls.

*Here’s what fact checking Snopes Report oh my Quarreling Clementine says


I worry about food safety.

*There’s been a bill proposed to require labeling

*Labels may be required on produce irrigated with refinery wastewater 
*There was an intense marketing campaign to get kids to swap candy for this particular fruit.Swapping Sweets for Fruit

Perhaps you knew all this already.

I did not.

Growers say the are not genetically modified.

*Four links in blue above -covering the controversies.

I read one about California beekeepers being upset, too.

Thanks R for inspiring this post!

Miniature Sprinkles Cupcake and Clementine Scene

Once again inspired by Christopher Boffoli and his tiny food worlds.

I had taken the cupcakes and fruit into school on the student teacher’s last day.  The little HO train people were in my desk.

I thought “food scape”  and some students photographed the little people shoveling in the icing.  But I thought it might look like a food museum and there were falling sprinkles to be mindful of so

the little hand-painted mom picked up her baby out of the stroller and held it close.   Maybe she is waiting for transportation.

Miniature Cupcake and sprinkles