Money and the Future

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Your money talks.

You have power.

Every dollar you spend in a world with choices is a statement of approval, it is a vote for or against something.

Marketers monitor closely what sells.

If factory farmed meats continue to sell then animals will continue to be raised in the same despicable manner.

If no one buys genetically modified foods then no one will sell modified foods.

We all have our own values and beliefs.  That is what makes the world go 'round, but the big organizations don't want you to associate your spending power with the true moral or ethical values underlying their business practices - that's why they spend so much money creating false images and associations with advertising.  It's up to you to do the research and figure out what you are supporting with your spending.  In this day of information and choice - spend wisely.  The future is riding on your spending habits.

Some ideas worth researching:

Was child or slave labor involved?
How does the manufacturing of this product affect the environment?
Does this company practice equal opportunity?
Are these chemicals truly safe for human consumtion?
Is this good for me?
Is this good for others?


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12 comments:

  1. That quote is so true! It seems like everyting is for sale these days, and very little is sacred. Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

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    1. Hey Sandy. Sacred - a word rarely used anymore. Yes, we must realize that our life and actions are sacred.

      Thanks,

      Dan

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  2. So many don't want to acknowledge this.. I can't always face it myself. But, we are not powerless... we have purchasing power.

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    1. It's easy to get lazy or to ignore our power so that we don't have to face the consequences of our choices, but there are always consequences whether we choose to acknowledge them or not.

      Dan

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  3. I think we're starting to see a positive effect of our choices, in the case of rBST. I remember when it was hard find products that didn't contain it--I looked EVERYWHERE for rBST-free cream cheese two summers ago (organic wasn't available in the port where we were). Now, I'd venture to say that the majority of bottled milks don't use it, and more and more products are advertising not containing it.

    The choices we make do make a difference.

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  4. Not only knowing what you want to purchase within your values, but letting others know will help. Our local grocery store only carried a couple varieties of fresh produce, all fruits. One day tired of having to drive into the city for vegetables I asked at the customer service desk. I was asked which vegetables I would buy and sure enough within two weeks I walked in to find exactly what had been on my wishlist.

    I always ask now, no one can read my mind and most people are more than willing to find what you want, it's more profitable for them to serve your needs as best as they can.

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    1. Good point Lois. In the modern world, where we have choices, vendors must listen to us. Great way to use your power.

      Thanks,

      Dan

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  5. I like to shop at second hand stores. Not sure if this helps, but sure hope so.

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  6. Yes! The way we spend is like voting. I think choosing to live minimally gives you the ability to spend more ethically. Instead of just pursing more, more, more, you can afford to spend a bit extra on a quality item from a company with ethics!

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  7. Right Rachel, I am very frugal. I used to buy the cheapest, now I'm willing to spend a little more to vote for the values that I believe in. We often buy organic to support the farming methods in addition to any health benefits.

    Dan

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  8. I love this post and agree that we are all empowered to make conscious choices every time we invest our energy/dollars. I think people tend to get overwhelmed with information overload so it's good be be reminded to keep it simple. And personally I am willing to spend more on quality items that I know are ethically produced, and where I am building a relationship with a particular vendor. :)

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