Here are some sites for those of you who would like to take it a step further than voting with your dollar according to whether companies that are concealing the truth from you (and what suits your current state, as none of us are perfect and we don’t live in an ideal world). I created this page to give you the options to be active in the political process by simply and conveniently signing petitions that lead to a more transparent, healthier and happier planet.
The most important and powerful thing you can do to change the world is vote with your fork, knife and wallet, as often as is suitable to you! With most of the world system as it is today, with corporations prioritizing profit, this gives us power to instill transformation simply by buying what we want. Some of the best products you will find are sold by companies with integrity. You can help by supporting local “mom and pop shops”, spending your money towards products that are made with care by people who might actually do a happy dance when you make a purchase. This can empower you to create an enormous ripple effect that others can become inspired by. This also deprives the entities intending to rob us of our food freedom and are attempting to patent and alter the entire genome and food supply, of their profit. When companies sees dent in their profit margins, they then have to comply and do what is good! You are creating the world around you with the money you spend. One easily accessible source for high quality and responsibly produced food products is Barefoot Provisions. They offer some awesome paleo products you won’t likely find anywhere else. Many online markets like this can waive shipping above a certain purchasing threshold. For home and personal care products, you can go to Thrivemarket.com or Swansonvitamins.com.
Care2.com has some fantastic petitions such as this one which helps companies who are transitioning to organic to get support and provides a new kind of label while they are making the transition so their good deeds do not go unrecognized. I have a blog written about the importance of this entitled Why Eating Organic is the Way to Go. Care2 also provides the option to start your very own petition, on whatever you find to be important! Click here to do so.
Here is a petition you can sign to prevent GMO mosquitoes from being released in the Florida Keys. If you aren’t already aware of the this threat, you may like to read about it in my post What is a GMO and Why Should I Care?.
This takes it even a step further and provides a petition that will help stop GMOs from being produced, directly targeting Monsanto. I thought this quote by a major American Health Institution to be quite the hard- hitting statement: “The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.” This statement alone is a good one to have in your arsenal for explaining to the unaware of the harm and dangers of GMO’s.
Another site I find especially helpful and informative on the fight for the right to know what’s in and is being done to our food is march-against-monsanto.com, they are immensely helpful for finding the latest information in that arena, including public gatherings and what can be done. You can also follow them on Facebook @MarchAgainstMonsanto.
Just as important as it is to make your voice heard online, it’s the little everyday, face to face conversations that can truly make a difference. For instance, if you’re in a bind and for some reason didn’t make it to a farmer’s market near you and you have to go to a chain or a less than optimal restaurant that disclosed all of their food processing standards clearly, don’t be afraid to ask the questions you need to in order to feel right about what you’re purchasing. For instance, I wound up at Whole Foods only a few times since they did a deal with Monsanto, and when I did, I was sure to ask about the origins of the produce behind the deli counter. They were not able to tell me whether or not the potatoes were GMO. I certainly didn’t buy them. But perhaps if their employees weren’t informed it might have made them curious as to why someone would care that much. If the employees were especially diligent, they might let those above them know what inquiring customers wanted to know. Any company wants their customers to buy their products. Similarly, if a grocery manager sees that you care about a certain product’s availability (such as one that you love, and perhaps supports an upcoming business with dignity), they will stock it for you. Many stores offer request forms for carrying new products and are glad to meet patron requests. Then, other members of the community will see and purchase it too. Then the business who is doing things right gets the support they need.
Of course, it’s also important to inform friends and family about what’s going on with the food supply. This can be easily done when you care what you’re ingesting. For me it was no problem bringing this up to my family. It just was the way I ate. I would rather not eat if on some occasion the family goes to McDonald’s. I would much sooner fast and enjoy a boost in autophagy and brain cell growth rather than support that company and feed myself whatever chemical concoction they can get away with putting out to the public. If enough people do this, a change will be made. Numerous ripple effects will come to the surface, permeating throughout our culture and interactions. No one can ignore it. If you live the truth that you stand for, you can change the world around you.
*Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these sites.