Last night we made a package of green beans. They weren’t the “nuke’em in the package” beans we usually get. You were supposed to empty the package into a frying pan and 8 minutes later (according to the package), they would be ready to eat.
That was when the package warned us that “the food will be hot.” Well, yeah. We cooked it. That’s how cooking works. It heats up food. Not content with that warning (which I though was pretty funny), in big red letters, they had a second warning:
FOOD WILL BE HOT WHEN PREPARED AS DIRECTED.
I suddenly foresaw a time when stovetops and ovens would not be allowed to get above a specified temperature, or for that matter, would not let you cook anything long enough to make it hot. Never mind that you’d probably wind up with some kind of food poisoning because you weren’t able to cook your food long enough. Or maybe they will “irradiate” the food to remove any possible bacteria from it? Is that even possible? And wouldn’t that also remove all its food value?
When they have to warn you that cooked food will be hot, you know the corporate over-protection thing — “We must prepare for getting sued for anything and everything,” screamed the lawyer — has gone way too far.
Meanwhile, if we are going to be busy protecting people from excessively hot green beans, maybe we could protect the earth from excessively destructive human beans?