Seed to Fork:
Our Food Story
Peaches & Cream Instant Oatmeal is a product of Quaker. They say it's heart healthy, but is it really? We are about to show you the process of producing this food item from seed to fork.
Ingredients: whole grain rolled oats (with oat bran), sugar, peach flavoured and coloured dehydrated apple flakes (dehydrated apple flakes [sulphites], artificial peach flavour, calcium stearate, citric acid, colour), powdered creaming agent (hydrogenated coconut oil, hydrogenated palm oil, corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate [milk], mono and diglycerides, sodium silicoaluminate, dipotassium phosphate), salt, guar gum, calcium carbonate (thickener), artificial flavour
Vitamins and minerals: Iron (coated with hydrogenated soybean oil), niacinamide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin b1), calcium pantothenate,pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6), folic acid
Contains oat, sulphite, milk, and soy ingredients, May contain wheat
Considering all these different ingredients added to produce one package of peaches and cream, many people around the world must have been trying to raise one specific ingredient for this product.
The countries providing most of the ingredients are:
- Russia (Oats)
- Brazil (Sugar)
- Canada (Powdered Creaming Agent)
- USA (Salt)
- India (Guar Gum)
- New Zealand (Milk)
- Africa (Soy Ingredients)
- Kyrgyzstan (Wheat)
That one package of Peaches & Cream oatmeal, contains ingredients from all over the world. How amazing is that? It's like you have a piece of each country in your bowl. But, in order to get those ingredients in that bowl, there is a big process before it. It all starts with the process of raising the ingredients.
Raising The Ingredients
Most of these ingredients start off as a seed. The seeds of the ingredients are planted in farmlands. Then they would be watered in order to grow. What people don't notice is that farmers put pesticides on the crops so that bugs and insects wouldn't be all over the crop as it starts to grow. Then when it's fully grown, it's collected by farmers and they wash it making sure no more of the pesticides/dirt is on it. After it being washed, it's shipped to the Quaker Oats company.
Process of Making Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
The process of this product is a lot complicated than it looks. Once the ingredients are received, they don't just add in all the ingredients in a package and mix it up. They kind of do that but they use machines to measure the right amounts needed from each ingredient to put in the package. After measuring, they put the ingredients together and mix it up, then store it for shipping.
Exporting the Product
The product is now ready for shipping. The packages previously stored are now being moved to a handling truck. The truck then goes to several grocery stores, gives the product to the store then it's ready to be sold.
Now the package of Peaches and Cream Oatmeal is sitting on the shelf waiting to be bought. A Mother of 2 children comes across this product. She reads the nutrition label along with the ingredients section and is satisfied with what she sees. She picks it up and pays for it before heading home to her family.
Feeding the Family
It's a weekday meaning, the kids will be at school and both or one parent is at work. They need some energy, are we correct? The Mother prepares the Oatmeal she bought the other day to serve to her family for breakfast. The family is then gathered in the kitchen to eat their first and most important meal of the day. Breakfast. They eat the Oatmeal they have been given before leaving the house for their day at school/work.
Would you buy Peaches and Cream Oatmeal from Quaker? Although there's a long process to making this a quick and easy meal for breakfast, its worth it. Don't you think?______________________________________________________________________
By Jazel and Jessica 8A