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Conscious Consumer

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist, 1901-1978


Conscious consumerism is about shifting our spending habits to effect change in the marketplace. If we care about our health, our family's wellbeing and the environment, we need to change our patterns of consumption. Making conscious choices means buying wisely, consuming and wasting less, as well as thinking through the consequences of our purchases.

Sorry - No Fresh Fish Today

As a sad testament to the ocean's rapidly declining fish stock from overfishing, in Maine, where traditional chowders were once chock-full of cod, haddock and other groundfish. Today, they are now only flavoured by lobster. That may sound decadent. Unfortunately it's actually an indication of the state of our an impoverished oceans.

Polypropane Earth Stranglers

Plastic is big business. According to the Canadian government, the Canadian plastics industry accounts for an estimated $46.9 billion in shipments of plastic products. Worldwide, in 2002 factories churned out a whopping 5 trillion plastic bags ranging from large trash bags to the light give-away model we all use.

Plastic associations globally are scrambling, trying hard to convince consumers they will lose a helpful lifestyle aid if we stop using plastic bags. But their arguments ring hollow. The consequences on our planet, our wildlife and ourselves far outweighs the convenience.

Avoiding GE Food in Your Grocery Aisles

Genetically engineered foods are so prevalent that if you randomly pick an item off your grocery store's shelves, you have a 75 percent chance of picking a food with GE ingredients. At least seven out of every 10 items have genetically engineered additives.

In 2003, countries that grew 99% of the global genetically engineered crops were the United States (63%), Argentina (21%), Canada (6%), Brazil (4%), and China (4%), and South Africa (1%). Unregulated, quiet and with lightning speed expansion has been spearheaded in the US by a handful of companies making billions of dollars in sales.