The process has changed since Yurosek's first experiments with miniaturizing carrots.
Carrots are now planted close together, forcing them to grow long and thin, which is preferable for carrots slated to become baby cut carrots. They're harvested and brought to a processing facility where they're cleaned, de-stemmed, sorted, and cut into two-inch sections. They're then peeled and rounded before finding their way into a bag.
Everyone loves the snacktastic baby veg, but there is waste involved in the production process. The leftover shavings and ends are converted into cattle feed or compost. However, there's a lot less waste involved than in the before time, when carrots were chucked because shoppers thought they weren't pretty enough to be turned into excrement. (This still happens at the supermarket and is one reason Anthony Bourdain is trying to get people to eat ugly produce.) Around 70% of all carrots sold today are manufactured baby carrots.
While you might have assumed they were manufactured in some fashion, too few recognize how the invention of baby carrots completely changed how we grow and consume carrots. It not only curbed waste but more than doubled the number of carrots the average household consumes, according to the Washington Post.
Long live baby carrots. Or, long live baby carrots until we get to work and eat them.
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