On Voting

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” –Anna Lappe

Election day is over, here in the States. Maybe you voted, and I think that’s important. Maybe today you feel disillusioned, and you posted about it, and now people are chiding you for believing you could make a difference. Maybe you abstained because you didn’t believe you could make a difference in the first place. But you can’t abstain from the votes you cast all year round with your dollars. Do you want to live in a world controlled by corporations, where you can buy lots of stuff cheaply, but it’s all cheaply made at outsourced factories? Or do you want to live in a world with strong local economies, full of small businesses owned by your friends and neighbors (and maybe you, too)? A world where big businesses actually own the genetic code of foods we depend on for survival, or a world where small, independent farms growing flavorful, nourishing food can survive and thrive? We cast votes for one or the other (or something in between) all year round. Whenever you can, I hope you’ll choose indies.


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