I was absentmindedly pouring some frozen raspberries into a bowl this morning when I noticed that they are a product of Chile. I froze (as it were) and thought: hey, maybe there's another way to help a country in trouble. Maybe it's not just about sending donations (yes, those are critically important -- so don't stop giving!). Maybe we should be helping their economy rebound by buying things from Chile.
So, I'm off to the grocery store to buy some more raspberries. And I'm going to start googling and asking my Chilean friends to find out what else I can "girlcott" to help Chile. The country exports wine and fish, for instance. What else?
What does Chile export that we can buy now -- and in the months to come -- to help their economy recover from the terrible blow of this earthquake? Has someone organized a campaign to help us discover which products are Chilean? Are you from Chile? Do you have family there who export? Are you an importer? Are you a buyer? A chef? An astute shopper? Please share what you know. And let's spread the word! Please share your thoughts by commenting below. As always, I invite you to email me directly: Julia (that familiar symbol) wearethenewradicals (punctuation) (suffix).
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