In it, Kathryn talks about a great acronym for the ways in which we can try to shop more ethically:
After Mass last week I spotted a poster in the Parish Hall from Christian Ecology Link which set out succinctly the principles towards which I was blundering under my own steam. Apparently, I am now using my LOAF by looking for items that are:
* Locally produced
* Organically grown
* Animal friendly
* Fairly traded
I have been trying to make a few changes along these lines, too. Awhile back, I posted about how our focus during Lent (through Operation Rice Bowl) was convincing me that I needed to be more concerned about the coffee I drink and the chocolate I eat.
As Kathryn says:
I am not worrying about an all-or-nothing approach, and simply trying to do what I can. Given that I am starting from a near-zero base anything has to be an improvement! My budget will not run to a complete switch, and I am trying to balance costs and benefits.
I'm working on a few things at a time, such as the coffee and the chocolate. I haven't succeeded entirely. I'm due to place another order for more fair trade coffee, and will do so today. But, my addictions (as previously noted) are tragic and pathetic, and I was recently seen skulking into the grocery store to score whatever coffee I could find.
I tried to switch our milk source (to a local dairy farmer who delivers), but she told me they had all the customers they could handle. So, the milk situation is trickier, since the organic, locally produced stuff in the store is much more expensive.
Organic fruits and vegetables are also more expensive, but I'm trying to switch over here and there. It's easy to find locally grown stuff in the summertime, when farmer's markets are all over the place, but it's not easy year-round.
Any feedback or ideas on how to more economically make these kinds of changes is appreciated.