So, I know that this might sound juvenile but I have always thought that I could CHANGE THE WORLD! I have always felt like even if I was the only one that stood for the cause or decided to make a change it would be ONE MORE or ONE LESS!!!
It started in the 8th grade. My Mother always encouraged use to read materials outside of our school work and since I am a magazine girl I read an article on Blood Diamonds and determined as a kid that I would rather have a piece of thread to represent my marital union than the blood of others.
I am very passionate (not radical) about blood diamonds but I am down right Protest Ready Radical about Wal Mart... I will not burdan you eyes with my million reasons on why I do not shop at the "supercenter" but I will encourage you to be informed and THINK LOCAL!
Shopping local is a wonderful way to fuel you local economy and reduce harmful emissions.
The thought of my apples being picked on Monday, Washed and packaged on Tuesday, Shipped across the country on a dirty truck Wednesday and Thursday, purchased by produce buyers on Friday, shipped to local food chain on Saturday and placed on shelves for purchase on Sunday just makes me think that maybe that apple isnt as "healthy" as it should or could be... Its actually old.
If your Indian, Asian, Mexican, Black or White I want to encourage you to endorse your local goods and services provider.
Shopping local goes past purchasing your fruits and veggies from the farmers market, it spills into where you purchase gas and a deli sandwich.
Let support our local vendors and small businesses. Lets fuel our local economy... Lets be the change you want to see in your community.
For the next few days TRY to:
- Purchase your produce from local grocery vendors or farmers markets.
- Purchase your other grocery needs at a Mom and Pop grocery.
- Eat Lunch or Dinner at locally owned and operated restaurants.
- Purchase gas from locally owned vendors.
Do you have any other suggestions of how to give back to your local community. I would love for you to share.