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The Power of Our Spending Choices: Making a Difference with Every Dollar

This week was Election Day in the US and it made me stop to think about the kind of impact we can have when we go to the grocery store every week.   While we get one day to vote for political candidates, we actually get to vote every time we spend our hard earned money.   

 

The impact we can have when we vote with our dollars

Do you realize every time you buy something at the grocery store, you are telling the companies you buy from that you agree with the chemicals and fake ingredients they put in our food? 

“Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Anna Lappe

As parents and consumers, we have the ability to shift the supply and demand of the food supply just by supporting companies who actually care about what's in our food.  We have an obligation to stand up to these big companies who only care about their bottom line and not the health of our families.

"We also control the majority of the purchasing power in our country and have the ability to shift the supply and demand of the food supply.  When we vote with our dollars and our time, big companies take notice and make changes."  Katie Wells - Wellness Mama

 So many companies are lying to us that they are healthy and safe when in reality they are creating food in a laboratory, adding all kinds of harmful chemicals that not only make us addicted to their foods but also cause an onslaught of diseases from cancer to diabetes to heart problems.  

If you can't pronounce the ingredients on a label, then it was created in a lab and is not safe for human consumption.  We were made to eat real food not some fake food made in a lab with a bunch of chemicals posing as food.  

"Kellogg’s isn’t organic and they add “malt flavor” and a slew of synthetic vitamins to Rice Krispies. Plus – let’s not support a company like Kellogg’s who makes cereals for children filled with artificial colors, BHT, refined sugar, and all kinds of controversial ingredients.  

Vote with your dollars and support companies who are doing the right things." Vani Hari (Food Babe)

 

What can you do?

You might be thinking, what impact can I really have as just one family/person?  Well, when you start buying from and supporting companies who have our best interests in mind and stop giving your money to the companies who only care about their bottom line, those companies will notice and start to change their ways.

So many good changes are happening because we as consumers are speaking up and telling these big companies that we do not agree with the use of harmful chemicals in our foods.  Especially when they make the same products in other countries without these chemicals. 

  • Companies like Kraft have removed the artificial food coloring out of their mac and cheese. 
  • General Mills is working to remove artificial additives and preservatives like BHT, from some of their cereals. 
  • Dannon has gone GMO free on their animal feed. 
  • Perdue went anti-biotic free on their chicken and Tyson is working to do the same. 
  • Target is pushing brands to get rid of phthalates in personal care and cleaning products. 
  • Even CVS is working to remove some beauty products that have phthalates, parabens, and PFAS chemicals. 
  • Chick-fil-a has taken TBHQ (preservative know to cause cancer) out of their food and has committed to going anti-biotic free within the next 5 years. 
  • Starbucks has removed a class IV caramel coloring linked to cancer from the syrups they use in their drinks. 
  • Subway has removed azodicarbonamide, a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe soles, from their bread.  

Isn't it amazing what has been done?  There's so much more that needs to be done to fix our food system, but it is possible to make change happen.  And all you have to do is:

  1. Stop buying from companies who use GMO's, add artificial colors, preservatives like BHT, refined sugar, and all kinds of other controversial ingredients.
  2. Read labels carefully and become aware of what you are actually eating and feeding to your family.   
  3. Buy from companies who use organic, non-GMO, glyphosate free, wholesome ingredients.  The less ingredients the better it is for you.  

"Your dollars are yours.  How you choose to spend your money matters.  A lot.  Each and every one of those greenbacks is another way to speak - in loud and clear voice that will be heard and heeded.  And each and every buck is another way to cast your vote and be sure it is counted.  So wield that cash.  It is powerful.  You are powerful.  "  (Leah Segedie Green Enough)