By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Mar 08, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I'm not a big natural foods guy, since I think chemicals and preservatives are what make the world go 'round. But I do like going to Whole Foods on occasion. They make a great brisket sandwich and usually have a few things I like.

My curiosity was piqued recently as I strolled through the fruit section.

They've got these amazing stacks of fruit all over the place. Oranges and apples and limes and lemons and more apples. These stacks look like a work of art. They almost intimidate me because I'm afraid to pull an orange out of the stack for fear the whole thing will collapse.

I finally figure out that you just pick them from the top, because each and every orange looked like THE PERFECT ORANGE. OK. I get it. But what happens to all the SLIGHTLY LESS THAN PERFECT ORANGES?

Do they throw them out? Do they ship them to Pick 'N Save or Sendik's or something? Do they give them to food pantries?

I don't know the answer, and certainly am not so wrapped up in this to actually call and ask the question. I figure that nobody at Whole Foods actually knows the answer and I'd spend hours being transferred from one Wholer to another. But ... I'm still curious.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.