Did Slavery Put Food on Your Table Today? - Page 2
I tried to use the calculator myself and found the site had crashed after an overwhelming response. I'll have to give it a try another day when the site comes back up, but I'm a fairly typical consumer and I expect my score will be higher than I would like. As a nation our thirst for cheap goods and services means that slavery now impacts our daily life in almost every respect, even if we don't know it.
The next time you're about to purchase those super-cheap bargains in a big box store you might want to stop and ask yourself — if this was made or harvested by forced labor, is it really such a great bargain?
Act Locally, Think Globally
With so many of the products, goods and services we consume today impacted in some way by modern day slavery, is it possible for the individual consumer to make an impact? The answer is yes, there is much we can do as individuals to take a stand against forced labor.
Buy Local: Buying locally sourced products might mean spending a little more, but knowing you are supporting your local ecconomy and not forced labor more than makes up for it.
Become a Modern Day Abolishonist: Visit the Not For Sale Campaign to stay abreast of the latest in the fight against modern day slavery and human trafficking. You can attend one of their many events, or join their mail list for regular updates.
Talk About It: If the idea of slavery impacting your life upsets you as much as it does me, don't keep it to yourself. Bring it up at your house of worship, at your book club, study group or even just with your friends. Don't forget to call up your elected officials to share your concerns with them, too.
Get Involved: There are a number of charities dedicated to the cause of preventing human trafficking and child labor. Your support, either as a volunteer, donor or cheerleader will be appreciated and help them do more than ever. For a listing, click here.