A March 17, 2010 article on the BBC News website described the rise in UK supermarket sales of "'lazy food' and cooking 'cheat' ingredients" such as peeled potatoes, diced onions, and other partially prepared vegetables that eliminate a step or two in the cooking process."
The article raised concerns about the cultural impact of reliance on "lazy foods," as well the environmental cost of marketing packaged produce:
"Lazy food" conforms to one of the classic socioeconomic categories of modern times - the people who are cash-rich but time-poor. But there are some people who rue the decline of chopping and peeling.
Lesley Ball, a Wiltshire-based home economist who teaches children about healthy eating and food provenance, says ready-prepared ingredients distort our perception of food and where it comes from.
"I work with children a lot and some of them think milk comes from a tiger or a chicken. Some products, such as ready-prepared mango, melon or passionfruit are great for giving to children to introduce them to new tastes without having to buy a whole one, but they then don't have a clue what a whole mango looks like.
"This happens even with something as simple as an orange. They associate food not with something that's grown, but with a shop."