Kirstie Allsopp embroiled in Twitter controversy over ready-cut apples

‘We deserve to die on a barren, boiling hot planet’: Kirstie Allsopp calls humankind ‘stupid’ in Twitter rant about global warming sparked by seeing chopped apples at Tesco

  • Location, Location, Location’s Kirstie Allsopp, 45, embroiled in Twitter debate
  • Presenter slammed the concept of supermarkets selling pre-cut fruit like apples
  • Said humans ‘deserve to die on a barren, boiling hot planet’ for being ‘too stupid’
  • Other users said pre-chopped produce could be helpful for elderly and babies

She is well-known for being partial to a fierce Twitter exchange and presenter Kirstie Allsopp has sparked yet another heated debate on the social media platform.

The Location, Location, Location host, 45, from London, found herself embroiled in a Twitter debate over supermarkets selling pre-cut fruit in plastic tubs yesterday. 

The Channel 4 presenter tweeted a photograph of a box of pre-chopped apple from Tesco, writing: ‘We deserve to die on a barren, boiling hot planet, we are too stupid to deserve this planet.’

Her comments stunned other users, who slated her views online, with one saying: ‘This always gives me mixed feelings… yes, it’s wasteful in terms of packaging, but it’s also rather useful for people with disabilities who hate having to ask for assistance with everything… stuff like this gives them independence us able-bodied folks take for granted.’

Kirstie Allsopp, 45, from London, found herself embroiled in a Twitter debate over supermarkets selling pre-cut fruit in plastic tubs yesterday

In several tweets shared after her original post, Kirstie said a colleague had purchased the box of pre-cut apple, but said it ‘wouldn’t happen again.’

Twitter users fiercely contested Kirstie’s comments and were quick to share their views.

‘As someone who has a friend who cannot cut such items due to severe arthritis but lives alone with no care it’s isn’t a bad thing surely to help those less abled,’ one person commented. 

A second added: ‘It’s useful for feeding small children, if you’re not at home, and need to buy something “on the go”, but for adults with good teeth its a nonsense.’

The Channel 4 presenter tweeted a photograph of a box of pre-chopped apple from Tesco and said humankind ‘deserves to die on a barren, boiling hot planet’ 

Another wrote: ‘A bit extreme no? My disabled Dad relies on prepared fruit and vegetables he’d never be able to do it himself. He recycles the packaging.

‘Just because you don’t see the need doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.’  

One added: ‘Personally I find biting into an apple quite painful so if I wasn’t at home this would be quite convenient. 

Twitter users fiercely contested Kirstie’s comments and were quick to share their own uses for the pre-cut fruit and vegetables 

Are your ready prepared fruit & veg as healthy as you think? Tests show far lower levels of vitamin C than unprepared produce

According to a Mintel survey, every week one in five adults purchases ready-to-eat fruit portions. 

A similar number buy ready-to-cook vegetables, such as sliced carrots, chopped onions and pre-prepared stir-fry packs. That number doubles when it comes to bagged or prepared salads. 

Their popularity is highest among the under-45s. Be they singletons with busy lives or rushed-off-their-feet parents, all are desperate to save time while still eating healthily. 

Levels of nutrients in fruit and vegetables decrease after they’re harvested and further processing like cutting or peeling can accentuate this even more. 

Past research has shown levels of Vitamin C in prepared packs of fruit and vegetables were far lower than what might be found in fresh, unprepared produce. 

‘But if I was in a fruit aisle I’d end up choosing a banana so I wouldn’t buy it anyway – but sometimes people have reasons.’

A fifth wrote: ‘These are designed for people with mobility issues/fatigue issues who can’t chop fruit and veg themselves, so elderly people and disabled people primarily!

‘They have to be sold to a mainstream market to be accessible to those people and also unfortunately to be profitable.’ 

Another person wrote: ‘Someone in the comments of your tweets has said their autistic son requires those very same pre-sliced apples. 

‘To suggest that those who need them are lazy and there’s no need for them whatsoever is well… ableist.’

Kirstie responded, saying: ‘It’s not a good enough reason, I’m sorry but that is the truth.

‘No condition, disability or illness could justify this level of packaging for an apple. 

‘Lines have to be drawn somewhere, otherwise we will destroy our planet and the suffering will be endless.’ 

 Kirstie is known for being outspoken on social media and previously caused controversy when she questioned whether washing machines belong in the kitchen.

The 45-year-old Channel 4 presenter tweeted to express how ‘disgusting’ she finds it when people have a washing machine in their kitchen, and added that her ‘life’s work’ is in part dedicated to getting the appliance out of the room dubbed the heart of the home. 

Her comments prompted a huge debate on the social media site, with users dubbing her a ‘snob’ for her remarks – and Kirstie responding by branding critics ‘f*** wits’. 

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