Last week 950,000 jars of edible peanut butter were dumped in a landfill in Clovis, NM. That’s a lot of peanut butter. Sunland, which was at the middle of the 2012 outbreak of samonella and is now in bankruptcy court, had an agreement with Cosco to sell Cosco said peanut butter. The peanut butter was tested and found poison free. Cosco agreed to accept delivery, but then changed its mind, saying some of the jars leaked oil.
So what to do? Donate the perfectly good 2.6 million dollars worth of protein to a food bank? Nah! Better to pay $60,000 to haul the 25 tons of peanut butter to be buried.
The question I have is this: What story will archaeologists conjure about our society when, in 500 years, they uncover the 950,000 jars of peanut butter? Will religious scholars opine the peanut butter was buried as part of a New Age sacrifice to the gods? Will foodologists rejoice in finally understanding the purpose of the 300,000 jars of congealed fruit infused with sugar found in an earlier dig in Concord?
The mystery for future generations could have been avoided and hungry people fed if only the trucks had been pointed toward the nearest food bank for distribution.