How many of us need to grab the vegetables that we want from the farm, slaughter a chicken or catch seafood from the sea?
It is all so automated that we know it is all available under one-roof we called grocery store. While there are still people worked at the garden, fisheries, slaughtering facilities, food that we see in the store are tremendously processed before it reaches your hand and my hand.
For most of us, we like it that way. It is saving us the time, the trouble to harvest, slaughter, cut and slice and yet, still provide to us what we need- fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh meats and fresh seafood. All of these, we wouldn't regard as processing.
The storage of apple using carbon dioxide to prevent ethylene gas formation so apple does not go ripe all at once; extending apple availability throughout the season. Usage of nitrite for meat sausage. Chlorine as sanitizer during slaughtering processed. Addition of a water to refresh vegetables that have been sitting on the shelf. Removal of the visible physically damage leaf, shrinking most often your cabbage and lettuces.
Is this what we define as fresh? -The commoner freshness. What if we can get things harvested right before a meal is prepared? As fresh as having vegetables planted right at your garden. Are we looking into bringing this back to our life. The real freshness, not limited to those defined as fresh by law and regulations.