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Can you imagine the french fry as the basic food stuff for an infant? Or perhaps a bit of sweet and sour chicken to make the little blighter happy? The BBC reports that parents, in misguided attempts to wean their babies, are blending fast food and other questionable foods and feeding them to infants.

One baby needed hospital care because of the high salt found in the instant gravy.  It’s probably not surprising that some misguided parents feed their children (fatty) potato chips but really, can anyone in their right mind justify fried chicken and gravy for an infant who otherwise couldn’t eat solids?

The thing that I enjoy (darkly) about this story is that it is yet another example of parents who really couldn’t possibly be more clueless.  Merely because food can be blended doesn’t mean that it ought to be!  The article closes with a comment about the inability of some of the parents, after a generation or more without any cooking skills, to even boil a potato and carrots.  Perhaps the prevalence of fast food in combination with kitchen electronics – microwaves, heating elements, cuisinarts(r) – has meant that not only do many adults assume that meat and milk comes prepackaged rather than from an animal, but that food requires no preparation.  Parents who lack the mental power to understand why infants can’t be left in closed cars on hot days, or why they shouldn’t be watching television at age 1 or playing video games at age 2.  Not only is the world facing explosive population growth but, unfortunately, it seems that many of the parents of these new children lack the basic mental capabilities and common sense to take care of them.

A topic for another day: why every food seems to be deteriorating towards individually wrapped items – precooked pancakes, individually wrapped potatoes, peanut butter and jelly squares like small sheets of colored plastic.  Are we really becoming that lazy?  Or is it that we are now so convinced of our personal importance that we can no longer spend time eating anything that requires a bit of time and effort – and we’re willing to add to our financial instability by purchasing fast food, over-prepared foods, even if they cost more than buying and preparing the raw ingredients ourselves.

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.