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When Watching the Krispy Kreme Donut machine, or as I like to call it the “Dream Machine,” I noticed something that made me very upset. At the end of the conveyer they were throwing away a bunch of the donuts.

Let me describe the machine. First there is the dough plopper that makes the doughnut shape. But as I watched I was saddened by the fact that some of the time the dough comes out deformed, and those are then destined to be thrown away.

Next comes the fryer and as they go through the fryer they cook on one side, and then halfway through they are flipped over. Again I observed that some of the half-cooked delicious pieces of dough did not flip over, and they were also headed for the trash.

The last step in the process is the glaze. It is just this beautiful river of glaze that pours over the donuts. But sometimes a donut is too far to the outside, and at other times a dry piece of glaze stops the flow in a certain area. And those donuts that have made it this far, but don't get iced, are banished from the serving line too.

Thankfully there are those that make it through this refining process and are served as the premium, perfect, and always delicious Krispy Kreme donuts.

I tell you about the life of a Krispy Kreme Donut because it is not too far from the life of a seed. The key element in a seed's life is the condition of the soil in which it is planted.

SOURCE: Douglas Vincent in "How is Your Soil" on

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