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Monday, April 27, 2009

Buying American is a great way to support the American economy, as well as local producers. Look at the packaging when purchasing something. Products may have a "proudly made in the USA," a USA flag, "Made in USA," or a combination of them to declare they are made in America. Remember that if you are buying fruit, you may only be able to buy oranges, apples, and the like from the United States. Foods such as bananas, guava, and pineapples usually come from other, more tropical countries. Try your local farmer's market to get American-grown foods. Keep in mind that handmade goods such as some clothes and accessories can usually be purchased at a local craft fair. The creators of the article of clothing or accessory will most likely be selling their creations themselves. Search online for "made in the USA." These sites specialize in USA-crafted wares.

If you don't know the origins of a product, ask the manufacturer or a store manager.Local grocery stores that specialize in healthy and organtic foods will also stock many American foods. The stores will usually pull their stock from all across the country.Things labeled "Made in the USA" are not always as they seem. Sweatshop garments made in Saipan carry the label because Saipan is an American territory. There are also sweatshops in many large American cities such as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, who exploit illegal immigrant labor in deplorable conditions. For more information look at www.globalexchange.org, or watch the great documentary "Behind the Label".


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