Cast your vote and make it count!
Whether or not you are currently registered to vote in your county, everyday you are casting tens, and maybe even hundreds, of votes that dictate our high-influence capital-based society and thereby the WORLD.
With every dollar you spend, you are casting a vote. Are you voting for factory farmed, chemical laden meat that is slowly making your family sick and our planet’s climate unstable? Are you voting for packaged foods for children full of dangerous ingredients, food colorings and unnecessary packaging that is littering our planet? If you want to see a change in the world, perhaps the most powerful influence you can make – DAILY – is to choose carefully how you spend your money.
Michael Pollen, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, recently penned a letter to President Obama. When asked in an interview on Democracy Now to give the highlights of this letter’s message, Pollen said that the message he sent to President Obama was that he could help to solve the current national health crisis AND the problem of global warming by addressing one thing: the industrial food system.
There are so many ways that you can make a difference. It doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. Just start by making one choice per day, and realize that radical change can happen…and you can feel good about doing your part. “Self esteem comes from doing esteem-able acts.” These decisions are simple and HUGELY influential. Here is an example:
By buying local and organic produce, you are keeping deadly chemicals out of our waterways, soil, air, and our oceans – and keeping them off your family’s dinner plate. By choosing a tomato that was grown in California instead of Mexico or Chile, you are supporting the LOCAL economy with your dollar. You are saving gobs of fuel that it takes to SHIP a green tomato (ripening to a sub-standard level in the back of a plane/truck) all the way to our country and your town. Instead, try eating produce that is in season and grown locally. Produce that is not dipped in chemicals before being packaged in a plastic bag or box. Can’t we just buy lettuce and wash it? For about $30 per week, you can get a huge box of locally grown vegetables. This is called Community Supported Agriculture. To find a CSA box delivery near you, check out this Website. Or if you are not ready to commit to that, hit up your local farmer’s market and support local farmers that way.
Food matters, for sure. Hugely. But it is not only food that matters when it comes to our daily financial “votes”. How about our beauty products – everything from lipgloss, to shampoo, to sunscreens? There is a laundry list of super toxic cancer causing chemicals that are completely banned in most European countries, yet somehow in the US profit proves yet again more important than public health and these ingredients are overlooked and added to almost every thing on the drugstore shelves. If you are curious about the toxicity levels of the products in your bathroom, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Get informed. Stop voting for the bad stuff – hormone disrupting, cancer causing lotions from companies that torture animals (yes kittens) without batting an eyelash. Would you vote for that on a ballot? Check that box?
Get informed and realize that although you may sometimes feel powerless, you are more powerful than you could possibly imagine. Vote organic. Vote cruelty free. Vote local. Vote responsible. Vote conscious. Vote American.