EDITORIAL – Boycotting American groceries isn’t as easy as it might seem

Scott Chamberlain’s shopping cart. (Image: Facebook)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT’S NO SLAM DUNK boycotting American food products to get back at Trump.

I took a look in our refrigerator and pantry and found that most of the food in there is from the U.S.

For example, I quit drinking cow’s milk years ago so, unfortunately, I can’t support our dairy industry — the one that Donald Trump gets so mad about. I’ve never thought about where my almond milk is made, until now. Turns out it comes from Colorado.

The orange juice, believe it or not, is provided by a company owned by Coca-Cola. The mustard — American. And, OMG, we just bought some Heinz catsup last week. That’s from Ohio.

Most of my breakfast cereal comes from the U.S., though I was excited to find some wheat puffs from Vancouver. The pet food is all made in the States.

I admire the efforts of a fellow named Scott Chamberlain in Ottawa. He’s determined to buy Canadian, or at least buy from any country except the U.S.

He calls it “making the refrigerator great again.” Others call it “pocketbook diplomacy.” Chamberlain has given Cheerios the boot in favour of Made in Canada cereals, and buys Canadian booze. No bourbon for him. And he’s leaving his California wine in the bottle.

The experts, of course, say boycotting American products is a useless exercise. The U.S. economy is so huge, our puny efforts count for nothing.

I’m not even sure “boycott” is the right word — it’s more about making choices for symbolic purposes. So the next trip to the supermarket is going to involve some careful scrutiny of labels and, if there’s an option, the Made in Canada or Made Somewhere Else product is going to get preference.

That will extend to other things as well. I visited the U.S. recently but now other vacation destinations will move to the top of the list until Trump is gone.

I know, it won’t make any difference. But it will make me feel as if I’m doing something.

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Boycotting American groceries isn’t as easy as it might seem

  1. Tony Brumell // June 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM // Reply

    Thanks for thinking of Canada.The effort is appreciated and will spread if others care about international justice.

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