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  •  I don't want to depress you more.... But (11+ / 0-)

    There is a survey you can take at slaveryfootprint.org.   It depressed me I'm afraid,  but it is very eye-opening.  Good luck!

    •  Try as we may to pretend ..... (9+ / 0-)

      .... that we live in a generous democracy, we are living as citizens of an empire -- in the belly of the beast.

      Every one of us is at the top of the food chain, with blood on our hands.  Money cleanses the bargain, and none of us would or even could give up our comforts to save a single faceless soul in some distant rain forest, mine, or shoe factory.

      I try to lead a low-impact life, took the above test and found that I have forty slaves feeding my appetites.

      Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

      by boatwright on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:58:16 PM PST

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    •  I think I broke it (3+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, ilo, Moody Loner

      They apparently couldn't even calculate my score (too low?). Also there are things they don't take into consideration (like, the only valuable jewelry I have is inherited).

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:12:44 PM PST

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    •  Whoa (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, ilo

      Very informative website. Shrimp are right out. (I would bet that a lot of Thai food products such as chicken are produced under dicey circumstances as well.

      "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

      by northsylvania on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:49:44 AM PST

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    •  My count is 36 slaves (2+ / 0-)
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      ilo, Moody Loner

      But probably two-thirds of what I 'own' in the way of clothing and shoes, bedding, furniture, kitchen utensils and dishes - even books - was acquired secondhand, often years ago. I am still using a couple of towels I bought in NYC before 1973, and recently sent a 16-pound box of old 100% cotton sheets and rags to a papermaker in Denver.

      I note that no questions address the sources of items like paper towels, supplements, and pet food, and I ranked sunflower seed consumption(from Audubon) high since the birds and squirrels mean so much to me.

      Nevertheless this is a tremendously interesting site! Thank you.

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