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05 March 2014 @ 09:21 pm
In which I am a cranky old cow  
Change.org started out as a brilliant idea, which has actually achieved some good results through its user-generated petitions. There are however two recent petitions that make me pretty annoyed, but wondering whether it's just me.

The first one is a petition to get McDonalds to offer a vegetarian choice. Why? If you are vegetarian why would you go to Maccas in the first place? Seriously, if you don't like the menu, go somewhere else.

The second one just leaves me shaking my head. Apparently the food colour used in M&Ms has been linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in kids, so the petition is asking the manufacturers of M&Ms to... change dyes? Leave them uncoloured? I'm not sure on that point. But I'm thinking there's a really simple solution there, which doesn't involve getting all activist-y on a social media platform.
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entropy_houseentropy_house on March 5th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Now, I'd gladly sign a petition to force either the elimination of the practice, or at least the clear labeling of gluten sprayed on fresh fruit.

It's easy enough not to buy M&M's but I do so miss being able to eat fresh apples and tomatoes!
miwahni: Boosh Soup crimpmiwahni on March 6th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
Gluten should be warned for, it can cause terrible reactions as you know. My niece is sensitive to gluten and she often struggles with food that's supposed to be gluten free. One place we went for lunch recently had the GF symbols against some dishes, but when we asked (just to be sure) we were told their kitchen was too small to guarantee there was no cross-contamination.
entropy_houseentropy_house on March 6th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
At least they were honest about it. I was persuaded to go out to lunch last Jan. in a restaurant that had a gluten-free section of the menu & I got confirmation from the wait staff that GF was prepared in a separate part of the kitchen, that all spices & sauces used were GF, and all GF was served on specially decorated plates so there was no confusion.

Well, my moo goo gai pan arrived with SHRIMP (never heard of that in that dish, and it wasn't mentioned on the menu, and it's a well-known SERIOUS allergen, that has killed people who simply SMELLED it) so that should have been a hint to me that they really weren't reliable. I sent that back & got an all chicken version.

I inquired again about the dressing on the salad, etc.

At the end of the meal I was given a REGULAR fortune cookie, which of course I didn't eat, but it just proved they weren't thinking things through.

And of course, I got home and discovered I was glutened and in for at least of month of recovery.

So really, if you're gluten-sensitive, you can not be too paranoid.
miwahnimiwahni on March 8th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
People just don't stop and think of the consequences.
I'll never forget the time I had my niece over for lunch, along with her parents etc. I was so proud that I'd remembered to get a new, unopened butter for her, and a new peanut butter, and I had salad stuff to go on sandwiches... but I forgot the gluten-free bread! Luckily I had corn thins in the cupboard which were gluten-free.
entropy_houseentropy_house on March 8th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
I recall one GF'er's blog comment about going to her parent's house for Thanksgiving, and how EVERY dish was unsafe, and she was planning to just eat a little turkey.

And looked at the turkey in its oven bag & said, 'what's that white stuff'... 'Oh, you know, it says to keep the bag from bursting you put in a spoonful... oh... of regular white flour.'