There are a lot of reasons I like shopping local. I have been a passionate supporter of small business for as long as I’ve been in business (via my “real job“), I like to be part of making my local community economically viable, I like knowing that buying local has a positive effect on things global like carbon emissions, and I like to know what’s in my food.
Yeah, about that last one…
Remember all that scare about BPA, the nasty substance found in plastic bottles? There was quite the outcry and public awareness campaign with the result that Jill and Joe Average now know to choose plastic products that don’t contain the stuff. But did you know it also shows up in your food?
Yup, you read that right. Poison in our canned soup. Known to be toxin in small doses.
Sigh. I sure wish we didn’t have to goad and coerce industry into making their products safe for human consumption. I wish that were a given.
You can learn more about BPA in foods and how to make choices that allow you to live without it at Care 2 Make a Difference.
On the plus side, once we’re educated, consumers have the control here. How you can help:
- Don’t buy food you know contains BPA — companies don’t make stuff people won’t buy; and
- Tell us about it — that’s what Local Delicious is here for.
Make sure your information is from a credible source, and not just someone trying to bad-mouth for personal reasons. Then tell your friends and let them know the source. The only way change has ever been effected is one step at a time. Be one of those steps.