Vote with your dollar

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Vote with your dollar

Many of us vote in elections to have a say in our country’s future. However, an equally important vote happens every time we go shopping or eat out, often without thinking about it.

Every day I make an effort to vote for organic products free of sugar, wheat and dairy. I vote for cruelty-free animal products, healthy foods and palm-oil free products. I may not be able to do it 100% of the time but I do it as often as I can. How? I buy the products which support my views. I vote with my dollar.

When you buy products crammed full of processed sugar (breakfast cereals, jams, spreads, pastries, burgers) – you are telling the retailers that you want the food to be super sweet – you are voting for sugar, for addiction, for health problems.

It is not easy though. We have been conditioned by the food industry our entire lives to appreciate and NEED sugary things (well, if it is as addictive and dangerous as a drug, that really isn’t surprising). So much so, that when we are served with a sugar free treat we wrinkle our noses. Just today, I had baked a delicious strawberry tart and brought it to work. I happily shared that it was sugar free (+ dairy and gluten free) and asked a colleague if she wanted to try it – however, the cake got a look of disdain and she said “what does it have in it then, air?”. It just re-affirmed to me how hooked we all are, on foods that aren’t good for us.

By taking a stand, whether it be sugar free, dairy free, gluten free foods, cage free eggs, free-range meat, FSC marked furniture, local or organic foods – you are sending a message to the retailers and the manufacturers. You are using the only leverage that will work:  driving consumer demand. If there is no demand, there is no product.

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Yes, I know you are thinking it. The organic and cruelty free products do cost more and you might have a couple of teenagers at home who seem like bottomless pits when it comes to food, but think about why those products cost more. If you are growing carrots and you can’t use pesticides, you may have to do weeding by hand which costs far more in labour. If pests overrun your crop you may lose it all. If you don’t pump animals full of growth hormones and antibiotics they will take longer to grow (naturally) and the occasional illness might take them off production for a while (i.e. milk cows). However, you are not poisoning the ground or yourself with pesticides and you provide animals with a good quality of life.

I vote with my dollar for a healthier body, free of processed and addictive junk but also to prevent animals and plants from extinction and to stop cruelty to farm animals.

What do you think?

What are you voting for?

Comments

  1. Great post and it’s a good thing to remember. I am trying to live with this philosophy myself – it’s so hard to resist, but I’m doing OK so far… the cost is difficult but not impossible, especially if you go for whole foods as often as possible and grow your own veggies.

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    • Thanks Emily.It can be difficult indeed, but as you say, not impossible. I find it hard as well, when the cost can be anywhere up to 10-400% more expensive that than the ‘regular’ versions. Especially if shopping when hungry or in a hurry 😉 Hopefully we can keep it up and get better at it!

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  2. I love this! Unfortunately, our governments may not have our best interests in my mind most times. The only way we can send a message, as consumers, is to really buy and invest in what you believe in! Over time, as people start to trend differently, mandates and legislation will fall into place 🙂
    Patience is key!

    Kasia

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