When buying food or products for your family and pets- does the country of origin matter to you?

Julie - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




As mainstream media continues to report on the dangers and recalls of products imported from other countries like; dog food, dry wall, toys, vitamins, milk, and lead paint. Consumers out of fear have started to actively read labels and shop accordingly. A recent Gallop Poll found that 72% of Americans are paying "heightened attention" to the country of origin.

Today, the American public wants to Buy American and is willing to pay more for it. This Gallup Poll revealed that 94% of Americans would pay more for foods grown or produced in the United States.

Your moms- wives - head consumer in your households--- what do you think?



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Katherine - posted on 04/26/2010




I try to buy Michigan made products. It's funny though because like Sharon said, it SAYS made in the USA, but a product of China. WTH???

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i don;t really pay that juch attention. i live in canada but we basically buy products that are a good compromise between quality and price. and plus almost nothing in canada is actually made in canada so it would be really hard to buy canadian, apart frmo food items

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Like Jodi, I try to buy Australian made as much as I can. I like to support Australian manufacturers and Australian industry whenever I can.

I buy far more fresh food than canned or processed, firstly because fresh food is healthier,(and usually tastier) and secondly because I like to support local growers. Though of course I always have a few cans of stuff (tomatoes, baked beans etc in the pantry!) for emergencies.

I worry about lower food standards in other countries, and I always check labels to make sure I'm not buying anything from a company whose business/sourcing/marketing practices I oppose, like Nestle.

Kirsten - posted on 04/25/2010




YES. There are many things I've had to say f-it, too. It's almost impossible to buy anything that is totally manufactured in the US, and if you find it, it costs way too much. But, when it comes to food, I read the labels. I will pay a little more for a food product that I can trust.

Iridescent - posted on 04/24/2010




I agree with Becky. If it's well made and a reasonable cost and I need it, we buy it. I will pay more to avoid Chinese products and foods though because of the huge problems with things like putting in fake proteins into their formula to pass standard tests, at the cost of so many lives, and lead paint in this and that and faking tests to pass the products on to other countries... Yup, done with it.

Becky - posted on 04/24/2010




I'm not too picky with other products, but when it comes to food, I won't buy anything made in China. There have just been too many food scandals coming out of there in recent years. I'm reluctant to buy toys made in China too, but it's just about impossible to find toys that aren't!

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I just bought a trusted brand of baby food, organic no less, made in North America, and found an ant in it. Hmm...

Sharon - posted on 04/24/2010




I gave up trying to buy American.

I spent 3 months searching for a damned american made coffee maker only to find out the 2 models I liked had their parts manufactured in in china....

american grown foods... strangely... more expensive.... no shipping, cheap mexican/illegal immigrant labor = still to high a price tag. fk it.

Jodi - posted on 04/24/2010




I do try to go out of my way to buy Australian made, and if I can't buy Australian made, I do try to buy Australian owned, because I feel that this provides jobs in our own country. However, I am a big label reader anyway. My husband is diabetic, and has some other health issues, so I really have to also consider the nutritional content. Mostly I buy fresh foods (rather than packaged), and I really wish they would label fresh produce to tell us where it was from, because I may make different choices.

Another thing that concerns me are the food standards in other countries. Just because it is sold here, it doesn't mean that it meets our standards when it has been grown/produced elsewhere. They MAY have used different chemicals (chemicals that have been banned from use here, but not there, and there may be no disclosure requirement, etc).

So basically, if I can't buy Australian made to support my country, I do try to keep an eye on where it is coming from too, because there are many countries who don't have high food standards.

Also, just as an added note, I also try to support my small local retailers rather than the large multi-nationals. I hate to see the monopolies, why support them if you can support your local small business :)

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