Just a handful of corporate stores seem to have control over the market and possibly the world. They have more money than some entire countries.
All the biggest names in the food business use GMO. All of them! Together these eight companies make up more than 90% of food product inside grocery supermarkets. The worst part is that many organic food brands are now owned by the same companies. Be aware of who you support.
The concerns many environmentalists and humanitarian organisations have are...
- Use of GMO's and the questions raised regarding environmental and human health
- Large scale destruction of the rainforests providing cheap packaging and palm oil.
- Huge processing factories running on fossil fuels contribute to climate change, contaminating the air and water.
- Vast amounts of chemicals are used through large scale agriculture.
- People are kept in poverty, through unfair working conditions to provide cheap products.
- Advertising encourages people to buy that which they don't really need perpetuating poverty around the world.
We must learn to question when products are too cheap, who made this and how much did they get paid for it?
Organic food is NOT expensive it is just the REAL price...Unfortunately we compare prices to the subsidised, unfair and undercut prices in supermarkets that do not reflect the true price.
Supermarkets may seem cheap but not when you leave with half a trolley of special offers which you did not go in for.
The world runs on supply and demand, cause and effect.
If we the consumer keep demanding cheap products with no question on how they were made, business will keep giving us what we want.
Many people are now looking to plant based diets and boycotting plastic but not considering for example almond milk in a tetra pak. This is worse. Only 2% content is almonds and we are shipping a product that is packaged in wood pulp (only 40% of tetra pak is from FSC wood so where is all that wood pulp coming from?), aluminium (which is damming the Amazon for the mines) and plastic / petroleum. Millions of bees are transported from one plantation to another, living only on almond flowers, getting gradually weaker until they die and are replaced by more bees. How ethical is this?
Now is the time for us to stand up for what kind of world we wish to see in the future. A world where the soil, the water and the air is not contaminated through chemical use, where all people and animals are treated fairly and humanely. This is possible. By demanding organic and fair trade we are driving supply and demand in a new direction. One that respects all life.
Little fish together are larger than big fish........
One of the ways we can really make a difference on this planet is by the money in our pocket and where we spend it.
Our money is our vote.
Choose to support local small business, organic and fair trade wherever possible.
For a list of who to shop with (and who not to) see ..... http://www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/
This documentary begins with an unusual detail that came from the 14th Amendment: Under constitutional law, corporations are seen as individuals. So, filmmaker Mark Achbar asks, what type of person would a corporation be?
Now is the time to BUY LESS, THINK MORE - AND ENJOY YOUR ETHICAL PURCHASES.