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Buy local: do it or die

OK, how's that for an overly sensational, ripped from the headlines kind of title? Pretty good. If I do say so myself.

But back to reality. There was a little tiny article in our paper today that jumped out at me: "China has closed 180 food factories after inspectors found industrial chemicals being used in products from candy to seafood, state media said today."

Said chemicals include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Illegal dyes
  • Industrial wax

Being used to make:

  • Candy
  • Pickles
  • Crackers
  • Seafood

Yum!! Now let's not forget about the Chinese wheat gluten tainted with melamine that killed all those dogs and cats. And those Thomas trains coated with lead-based paint.

The writing is on the wall, people. Was there ever a better reason to buy local? Diane of The Big Green Purse suggests we stop buying toys made in China. Probably not a bad idea. And, Heather's given us a great reason to shop locally in the Portland Metro area. Your good health and life may be depending on it!!


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