I accidentally bought an apple from New Zealand the other day. I’ve got nothing against New Zealand or its apples, but I really don’t know if I need such well-traveled fruit.
Having lived for two years in a place with almost no food choice variety, I developed poor shopping habits. I became somewhat indiscriminate while at the same time being a bit overwhelmed by the excessive choices available for most products. As a result, I tend to pick up the first product I find that fits what I’m looking for rather than examining all the choices. In this case, I took the first Gala apples I saw.
Now having discovered that I made a very carbon-y choice, I’m wondering what I can do. I’d like for this apple to earn its carbon footprint by being a bit more than just an afternoon snack. Here’s my plan:
1) Eat half the apple.
2) Exhibit the slowly rotting other half in a free art installation about the transience of life or the insidious nature of social decay or something like that.
3) Photograph the installation for a science text book.
4) Save the seeds and plant them all (this will take some work since I will need to find the right environment and then ride my bike to it).
Looks like I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. Where’s my Fiji water?