Date: 2009-07-28 01:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think the analogy to milk is pretty much right.

And indeed one of the things that's missing from the book is basically, "okay, so OJ is a heavily processed agricultural commodity. Is it any different from any of the other 'pure'-ish commodities I eat? Is it more processed than milk for drinking? Or flour? Or canned tomatoes?" I still don't know. I know, in part from [livejournal.com profile] chickenfeet2003 that all milk products result from first separating milk into its constituents and then re-assembling them, so "cream cheese" is no more "cheese made from cream" than is "whole milk" whole.

I do think it's interesting that, say, 100% pure OJ can have tangerine juice or seville orange juice in it, up to 5% each (they're there for colour and flavour balance, basically), and there was another round of "natural flavour is just artificial flavour produced in the most inefficient way possible" as well. But no, the story isn't especially special.

(The vats are fucking huge, also. 1M litres, say, in facilities that have dozens that large. That's a lot o' oj.)
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