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Old 03-01-2016, 02:42 PM
Location: Sunrise
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Originally Posted by canadian citizen View Post
Well, for a start, forget about coffee and tea, as neither of those are GROWN in the USA.

Look at your spice cupboard.......Pepper, cumin, curry powder, cloves, paprika.

I bet that the computer that you are using right now has parts that were NOT made in the US, right ?

Now, lets turn this argument around...... what would the effect be if other nations decided to not buy products made in the USA ? General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, General Electric, Carrier, American Standard, all would suffer, as there are alternatives to each of them.

Ever hear this one...........No country is an island, onto it's self.
Coffee and tea are both grown in the US. There are wild pepper trees in California. I MUCH prefer the pepper I pick from these trees to commercially-available black malabar. Just pointing this out to make a point that the educated consumer CAN make smarter choices.

While I agree that it almost impossible to "buy 100% American," (or in your case, Canadian), it doesn't hurt to try. And if buying American isn't a realistic option, buying from a stable, decent country which treats their people with basic decency IS almost always an option.

That's the difference between a computer made in the People's Republic of China, and a computer made in Taiwan. If you buy the Taiwanese computer, I personally know people who benefit from this. They live just as good a life as you and I do -- reasonable work weeks, decent pay, health care, vacations. Some purchases essentially condone slavery.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:04 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Originally Posted by Hemlock140 View Post
It's close to impossible to tell which products are made in the USA. Even products assembled here are made from parts made in other countries. It would take a tremendous amount of research and careful, time consuming shopping, not likely to happen.
^^^ Right! Impossible to even live one year, and NOT purchase anything made just in one country - China.
The problem is the transparency - you will spend lots of time figuring out where a product is actually made. Even some products made 100% in China are marked just as "imported". Others are placing US flag on the label, with a small print - designed in USA, or "distributed" in some town in the US
All that, I start to believe, is to fool the consumers, because otherwise lots of people would not buy something Made in China.
As long the country of origin is given on a voluntarily basis, we will never really know where it was grown, processed and produced.

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Old 03-01-2016, 07:10 PM
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I think there was a family that did this already some time ago.
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:54 PM
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This experiment, only on milder conditions, was already conducted. A family committed to live (for some time, maybe even less than a year) without anything manufactured in China. On their experience, a movie was shot - "Christmas Without China." It is a sad movie, sad on many levels, both form American and Chinese sides on a personal level (the film author is Chinese, a boy who was about to become a IS citizen), and on the economic and socioeconomic levels, and especially sad if one would think about the future. It is worth watching, especially with adolescents. It will make a viewer to reflect on it over and over.
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