Apple has been in the news as of late due to controversy surrounding how their workers are treated at factories like Foxconn. Even Nike was in the news recently since one of their Indonesian factories had to pay their workers $1 million in overdue overtime pay. This is all very common though. Story of Stuff takes you through where your stuff comes from and where it goes when you’re done with it. We mainly just consider the time that we have the stuff we want not what happened before or after it was in our hands.
What’s outlined in this quote from the book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet by Lierre Keith above is most likely far more common than we know. And it’s not just about Walmart. As consumers we have the power to withhold our money from companies that do this to their workers. As citizens we have the power to fight for an end to this kind of abuse on local, national and international levels.
You also have the option of going with organic cotton for your t-shirts from reputable companies which can reduce a number of these ills though not all of course.
I was disturbed to find out Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich recently made this statement and there were Black people who agreed:
“‘Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works,’ Gingrich replied. ‘So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.'” –latimes.com
Firstly, this is already happening and we should not pretend it’s not. Corporations still regularly violate child labor laws. See: VIDEO: The Harvest/La Cosecha Tells The Story Of The Children Who Feed America
No, people should not deliver even more children to the capitalist machine because we tried that and some of them died, as they are still dying, being abused and exploited, getting sick, and suffering from a low life expectancy overseas in factories making goods to be sold to people like us in places like Walmart. Continue reading
This is the time of year when I think there’s more of a push to get people to understand the ills of Walmart, but really it’s not just about Walmart, it’s about these megastores. It’s also not just about this time of year but all year long. Continue reading
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you — Aldis, Walgreen’s… Walmart?
If Rahm Emanuel has his way, these three stores may make their way into low-income “food deserts” in Chicago that are starved for affordable groceries. Food deserts are neighborhoods where a third of the population lives more than a mile from a large grocery store and at least a fifth of the population lives at or below the poverty line.
But bringing in Walmart, or any other chain store for that matter, isn’t going to solve the food desert problem. Nor is it going to wipe out the obesity epidemic. Access to supermarkets does not improve diets. Becoming educated about healthy eating choices then making those healthy choices does.
So how can you make healthy food choices if you’re living in a food desert? If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program includes vouchers for buying fruits and vegetables and are also accepted at many farmer’s markets. You can also use their recipe finder which includes a database of foods that are low-cost and readily available.
If you’re not sure if you live in food desert, the USDA has created an interactive map that allows you to type in an address and find out where food deserts are located. It’s a good start, but what it really needs to offer is how to find healthy foods nearby.