Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK fought for equality for all. He sought to bring about change in a peaceful manner, something we still need to work on. In honor of King, today’s good news is a group of 3 different ways to create change which have come about as a result of using our voices and our pocketbooks, not violence.
Shop easier, shop better
Have you ever wondered if the item you would like to buy fits with your values? Now you can download an app for that. Buycott works on android and iPhone. The following paragraph is from their website:
When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you’ve joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.
FDA finally does their job
The FDA finally announced “…artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not ‘generally recognized as safe’ for use in food” while an actual ban on trans fats is still in the works this is the first step to removing them from the foods found on store shelves. No more hydrogenated oils would be allowed in food. Let’s get behind this and see that a ban comes soon. Next up, let’s remove high fructose corn syrup.
One country doesn’t trust fast food
One country isn’t buying the fast food marketing. In Bolivia, which is made up of 60% indigenous people, “Bolivians simply don’t trust food prepared in such little time. The quick and easy, mass production method of fast food actually turns Bolivians off altogether.” McDonald’s gave it their best. After a decade of losses every single restaurant was closed in this country. “Bolivians more so respect their bodies, valuing the quality of what goes into their stomach. The time it takes for fast food to be prepared throws up a warning flag in their minds.” We can learn from this country and show some respect for our bodies and those of our families. If one country can push the golden arches out we can do the same, one community at a time.