Sunday, February 7, 2010

Out of a job yet? Keep buying Argentinian honey

The grocery store has several brands of honey. Some from Canada, some from Argentina.

I buy honey from my friend Tim, who keeps bees near Mason, MI. But even before I met Tim’s industrious bees (who made the honey in the photo) I made it a point to buy only honey with a label affirming it was produced in Michigan.

Same with apples, potatoes, maple syrup, cherries, tortilla chips, and myriad other products that our neighbors either grow or manufacture here in Michigan.

These products generally use less polluting fossil fuel to get to your grocery cart because they originated nearby. They typically use fewer preservatives because they don’t need to sit on a truck or in a ship’s hold for days on end. And they retain more of their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants because they’re fresher.

Plus, they help Michigan’s economy.

If you live near the Motor City, you can't avoid the bumper stickers on American-made pickup trucks that say “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign.” The same holds true for all the rest of Michigan's products.

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