One of the things you notice when shopping in an American supermarket, is the tendency to promote domestically made products. A very normal tendency. Home-made products would do good anywhere in the world and I believe that it’s important to support small, individual businesses. So any product that is made within American borders will make sure that you won’t miss out on a great characteristic like that. Sometimes, I feel like they’ve been taking it too far.
That’s a box of peanuts I ate on my way home last month. For those of you who are blind (and reading this blog nevertheless): it says that the product was ‘made with pride in the USA’. I always thought a box of peanuts was one of those products that are made by people lucky to have a job in the first place who might not even speak English. I was wrong. Apparently, those peanuts were packed by real patriots who take pride in serving their country by stuffing small boxes with little nuts. Good thing they told me, of I wouldn’t have tasted the American spirit in them. They were delicious. Another good example was miss Missouri’s shampoo bottle. Every time I was in the shower, I went reading the back of the shampoo bottle. A little disclaimer always caught my eye: ‘made with ingredients from USA and/or other countries’. That is the emptiest message of all time. You can in fact put in on literally everything. In fact, after doing a little research, I found out that 100% of all the products in Dutch supermarkets are made out of ingredients from the USA or other countries. How patriotic is that?