Jolly Green Giant goes back to work

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2012 - 10:47 PM

Iconic Jolly Green Giant is becoming "cheerleader'' for kids to eat their vegetables.

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smithmnSep. 18, 12 9:16 PM

I think the new young "giant" is creepy-looking.

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nommmplummmSep. 18, 1210:01 PM

Big G, it's good to promote veggies, but the best veggies are fresh veggies. Visit your local farmers' market. Be Healthy: Get your food from a local farmer, not from a box, can, or bag.

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davemn55Sep. 19, 12 8:48 AM

Is the Farmers Market open in December?

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DannysteelSep. 19, 12 1:20 PM

Re: return of Jolly Green Giant. is he gay, transgender, or lesbian? i think it's discrimination if General Mills does not identify himher as one of these! At least he should have a same sex partner. Is cap'n Crunch available?

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mouthwashSep. 19, 12 1:45 PM

@ Dannysteel - Probably the only other male cartoon character strongly associated with that color is Peter Pan, who is famous for his green tights.

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mouthwashSep. 19, 12 2:38 PM

@ nommmplummm - I used to say the same thing, that 'the best veggies are fresh'. However, it seems like the recent rash of food epidemics (listeria, salmonella, etc.) have mainly involved fruits & vegetables which come direct from the farm and have been sitting there on store shelves, not from frozen or canned fruits & vegetables. Therefore, I have for the most part switched over to the latter.

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nommmplummmSep. 19, 12 9:15 PM

@mouthwash
Farmer's Markets are safer.
Scenario A: An industrial farm contracts 100 underpaid (paid by the piece, not hourly), migrant workers to pick spinach; it is sent to a central processing plant before it is distributed to Wal-Mart's across the country. Listeria at any stage of the process could cross contaminate tonnes of spinach; it is then shipped to Wal-Marts across the country.
Scenario B: A small farmer picks spinach and drives it a short distance to a local market. Fewer hands mean fewer chances for contamination. Any potential outbreak would be limited to one booth at one local farmer's market. Additionally, a farmer may take extra safety precautions to protect their personal reputation.
See: americanwayofeating.com

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nommmplummmSep. 19, 12 9:17 PM

@davemn55
December...no. Our grandparents likely canned and had root cellars. Our conveniences make us bigger. They were fit; count me out.

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