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More China Poison

http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/fda-says-avoid-anti-freeze-toothpaste-13371.html

Toothpaste made in China contaminated with
DEG - an antifreeze component.

After the wheat and rice gluten problems, plus the cough syrup problems in other coutries from Chinese manufactured stuff, datapard and I have decided that:
a) all food we buy must be labelled with the country of origin. If it's not, we don't buy, no matter how cheap.
b) we will not buy food, medicine, pet food or personal care products that are made in China.
c) Our preferences in all buying will be for locally produced goods first, then West Coast USA, then USA, then North America, then EU countries, and finally asia (Korea, Vietnam, India).
d) We will prefer organic, sustainable and free trade over other types/brands.

The closer to us something is made, the less fuel it takes to transport it. If it's made/grown in the USA, it's less likely to be contaminated with poisons like pesticides or adulterants that are toxic but used to boost the profitability of the stuff.

We can't yet go totally local (within 100 miles), but we can certainly try for closer.

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alyxreese
Jun. 4th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Local Harvest
Local, sustainable, organic...you asked, and here's where you can find them:

http://www.localharvest.org/search.jsp?lat=37.36338&lon=-121.825165&scale=0.6666667&ty=-1

You can also narrow the search by Farmer's Markets, CSA'a, organic Farms...

CSA's (community supported agriculture) are amazing. We haven't been able to affor a share, (usually around 600 a season for a family of four) but my hubby just got a part time job with the local CSA farm, he doesn't get paid great, but he does get to bring home fresh fruits and veggies every week.

Farmer's Markets are more fun, but also cost more. Your best bet is to buy a share or half share at a local farm, or find a whole foods market or co-op.

:)
ravan
Jun. 4th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Local Harvest
Yeah, I looked through there. They only seem to sell yuppie food quantities, which have to small a quantity with too much packaging.

Even the CSA's near here have weird stuff in them. I'm a peas, carrots, corn, cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus type girl. They sell radishes and kohlrabi.

Also, very few seem to have grains and legumes- rice, wheat/farina, oats, barley, split peas, lentils, pintos, etc. Just leafy greens, which don't freeze well, and don't get eaten in my house.

Yeah, they're one of the first places I looked, and was really frustrated. I shop for a household of meat, dairy, grain and legume users. The farmers market near us does well for fruit and leafys, if we can get up on Sunday in time to get there. But flour or rice?? Nope.
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