Do you know where the food you are eating comes from? How was it produced and processed? Have you given it much thought?
I am a vegetarian. I choose that path after learning of atrocities in factory farms. I didn't even know before October 2002 that such horrible places existed. But once I knew, I had an ethical responsibility to choose to not be a part of unconscious consumption.
Then I started reading about how pesticides and other chemical practices by a huge % of today's farms affect my body. So now I choose organically grown food.
Following in those steps I choose to spend my food dollar locally. I feel strongly that small local farmers will be our nation's diet salvation in a few years. We have to support them today. Besides I hate putting my hard earned dollars into big business pockets.
The next thing I learn is about shopping for the cheapest of anything, which so many Americans believe is a God given right, might actually be hurting someone at the other end of the economic chain.
I now buy Fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate.
As I put "food " into my mouth I have to ask, where did it come from, how was it produced, whose pocket gets lined with my purchase?