A Tampa Bay Homeschooling family shared their twist on diets, and how their mistake took them on a journey of positively edifying proportions.
“We think King Corn and Prince Monsanto Soybean are the real papas behind Papa Johns. Below is a copy of a letter we recently wrote to Papa Johns Pizza after purchasing one of their pizzas after a long hiatus from ALL commercial pizzas. We have opted for making our own pizzas at home using wholesome ingredients instead of things like frozen mozzarella cheese manufactured by the lowest bidder using synthetic rennet (see Recombinant Chymosin).
Why did we try commercial pizzas again? Nostalgia and our teenagers. Have you ever noticed how nostalgia causes us to build things up in our minds? Like thinking back to when we were kids playing outside with our friends? All we remember is the freezy goodness of ice cream on a hot day or endless games of stickball. We tend not to remember the scraped knees and mosquitos. Also because our teenage boys (who can no longer be classified as boys, but 17 and 18 year old young men) crave stuff like commercial pizzas especially since they eat…ahem, differently…at their mother’s house.”
They contacted Papa John’s Pizza through the concoction of the following letter:
“February 8, 2014
Twenty years ago I purchased one of your pizzas, and I was fascinated with the fresh flavor of your pizza. I have not been a customer of many pizza retailers during the past twenty years for various reasons but the most important reason has been the cheap ingredients in the products, i.e., soybean oil, and MSG seasonings, etc. After twenty years we decided to try your pizza, but the experience left us wanting. After noticing the cheap ingredients you put into your products we reasoned your products have become subject of the usual profit-making scheme other fast-food retailers implement too, i.e., cheap chemicals to taste so as to increase your revenue and decrease expenses. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand the necessity to decrease expenses. Unfortunately for our patron-to-retailer relationship, what we eat is as important as the air we breathe, and your product is not good enough. You may continue to enhance your financial statements with increases in revenue thus make it easy for your business to find investors and increase your worth, but your food products, unfortunately for real foodies like us, is trash. We hope you may be able to produce a pizza as good, or as we used to call it, a pizza with a BANG!, as it was twenty years ago. When and if that occurs, we may be back. Until then, we wish your pizza-making business may continue to prosper as it is.”
Shortly after their letter, they received a precipitously ignorant response:
“The regional manager’s response was, in a nutshell, ‘We stand by our ingredients so sorry its not good enough for you.’ Not exactly the type of response we thought they might give. We didn’t exactly expect them to cry tears of sorrow and throw free pizzas at us, but maybe something like, ‘We’re sorry, we do strive for greatness, here are the reasons why we think our ingredients are the best, please check back with us in the future.’ Maybe their lack of defense is because they have none??
We think it is important to write the occasional letter such as ours because we consumers need to let the industry know what we want. If we don’t they will continue to shove cheap, government subsidized, health robbing ingredients down our throats because it is what allows them the biggest profit margin. If the food industry as a whole hears voices like ours continue to grow in number they will hear and respond. Why else would Wal-Mart sell things like organic yogurt?? Because the people want it, and will buy it. Simple. Every dollar consumers spend is a vote for the type of food we want. Real food that isn’t slowly killing us.”
This is not to drag a fast food retailer down, but to make everyone, including the food industry, aware of the dangers in fast food ingredients nowadays. It should be said, with a bit of ignorance or hope, that no one who is responsible for putting food on the table will knowingly do so to make people sick. Right? Well, a change as drastic as that remains to be seen. However, just like ignorance or the audacity to believe good is being done at every whim of human existence, it should then be an ostensible belief that the ingredients in a pizza are good for you.
Better ingredients does not mean healthy ingredients, thus, when it comes to eating healthy foods, Homeschooling families usually know best. It is a trial and error scenario, this thing about learning how to eat well and feel well and live a healthier life for even the most precocious of professionals, i.e., MD’s are ignorant of the facts. Only through the awareness that education gives us can help us achieve a healthy status. To gain this awareness, the little ones must be at home.