Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Archaeology 101

Was out in the garden with my new hoe (which I broke in three hours) breaking sod and turning in compost when I hit glass. I dug this little gem out of the ground, an old Orange Crush bottle. I have no idea how long it's been there but here's the kicker: I turned it around. On the back all the ingredients were listed. For a bottle of soda a few decades old the whole sum of its parts was: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Orange Juice, Flavor of Peel, Citric Acid, 0.05% Benzoate of Soda, and Color Artificial.
Now, for an eye-opening experience go to any gas station of corner store and see how many ingredients are in a bottle of Orange Crush (or any soda) now. What you'll see is different versions of field corn in several unpronounceable scientific terms. Soda isn't what it used to be and neither are we. And in celebration of my hard work out there in the garden I'll be doing myself a favor and drinking well water instead.