Thursday, February 25, 2010

Made in USA? Popcorn.

Bob2K sent me this, and it seemed so important that I copied it here:

“One Light Bulb at a Time”
A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following:

Good idea ... one light bulb at a time . . . .
Check this out,  I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Start looking ..

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job.

So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track . Let's get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey's candy . I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now.. I do not buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything ..

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets .  I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled  "Everyday Value . " I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats -
they were the same except for the price ..  The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here ..

So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets . .. . yep, you guessed it, bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!
(We should have awakened a decade ago .... . .. . . . )
Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U . S .A ..

I Passed this on ......... will you ???????”

Pop Up, Slim Down        Popcorn instead of chips:

“You can eat up to 6 cups of certain low-fat microwave brands of popcorn for about the same number of calories you'd get from just 7 or 8 chips. Plus, the popcorn also counts as two servings of whole grains. All in all, one satisfying nosh!

Of course, you'll undo all the good of perfectly popped popcorn if you drown it in butter and salt a la those movie-theater tubs. So look at labels and be a smart popper. Orville Redenbacher, Pop Secret, and Jolly Time all offer 100-calorie microwave packs with 5 to 6 cups of popcorn in one bag. Or try this 4-cup, 75-calorie savory popcorn from EatingWell.” From:
The reasons for doing this:

It started out cold, but by lunch time, Patches was meowing at me and looking out the window, and back at me.  She wanted to go on the porch.  She is timid to everyone but me, but she sure knows how to tell me wants she wants.  As it was in the 60’s out there, I let them out there for a while.

Even Bobcat was out there today


Gypsy said...

I read labels and try to find USA made items. I don't mind buying things made in Mexico or Canada - anywhere in North and Central America is fine with me. If folks can work in Mexico then they are helping their own economies and not having to try to slip into the US to make a living. It is better for the US, all around, if our continent is thriving and economically sound, so don't automatically discount Mexican made products.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, Gypsy.
You have a very good point there.
Happy Trails, Penny.

squawmama said...

Good points from both you & Gypsy... I will be on the look out for both!

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

I think that many times we are looking for a bargain and forget to look where it is made. My biggest peeve is that the US companies move out of the small towns and into other countries because the labor is so cheap along with their other costs. When I hear of a company that leaves a town where generations have worked because it is cheaper in another country I just think "what?". It makes no sense. Those products are the ones I do not want to buy but on the other hand when I hear of a company producing goods in the USA and treating their employees well, then I will buy it even if it costs more. We need to be more informed that is for sure.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Great blog, Penny (as usual!)

I remember when Walmart started in our area. They bragged about how many of their items were made in the USA... boy did that ever change since old Sam died, hey?

Karen and Steve

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Vickie, Mom of Bark and Bite sent me this:

"I read Gypsy's comment and you are right. She made a very good point and I will consider buying Made in Mexico. But I question the total picture. Are large American Companies making a higher profit paying Mexican labor less? If so the company will never want to build a plant (etc.) back in America. Job loss for Americans. People that come to this country come for a lot of reasons, not just jobs.
One thing comes to mind. The Civil War in America. Not getting into anything about it. Not something I talk about or ever think about, right, wrong whatever. But the south lost. "One" of the main reasons, the north had manufacturing plants. They could make guns, ammunition's, things that you needed to fight in a war. The south had cotton fields, cotton gins, and saw mills. Very little of what you needed to fight a war. Simple lesson, easy to forget. If America can't grow it's own food to feed the people or manufacture all the products we must have, what will happen to this country.

We think of ourselves as the strongest country there is. But we are dependent on many, many other countries. They feed us, cloth us, make our furniture,our tires, our telephone, our TV, and on and on. How strong are we really?

I also understand that some of our large companies, Honda, Toyota, Firestone are from other countries. But at least some working class American is getting a pay check."

The rest of it was personal.

Happy Trails, Penny, TX