Monday, May 07, 2007

The No China Diet

For a while, my husband, Jim, hasn't been purchasing anything made in China. It started with our food, which he began to check every time we went to Trader Joe's (and some of it (all forms of edamame) was from China). Sort of scary when you're talking about a vegetable and travel time). So we didn't buy it.*

And now, we're extending the No China Diet into the rest of our lives. As you probably know, just about everything has parts made in China. Most of my clothes are made in China. The desk lamp I bought at Target is. My computer most definitely is. My office supplies are. The list goes on and on.

Jim's reasoning is that that humans and (other) animals are being terribly abused in China, perhaps more there than anywhere else in the world, and that purchasing products Made in China supports the regime, and not the people.

It's not just that American companies pay starvation wages to Chinese while the Chinese government turns a blind eye, that pesticides used on crops in China (and sold here) are carcinogens, that dogs are routinely bludgeoned (!) to death to stop the spread of rabies, that coal-fired plants belch pollution or even the egregious theft of technology. Actually, one of those would be enough for a boycott, but with some digging, it's clear how absolutely abominable China's regime is, even much more oppressive than its closest rivals. Here are some other additional abuses:

wholesale and indiscriminate use of the death penalty
commercial harvesting of transplant organs of executed prisoners
denial of basic rights to Chinese workers and farmers
nationwide forced abortions and sterilizations
sweeping and brutal repression of all religions
criminal psychiatric abuse of political prisoners
routine torture of prisoners
military occupation and genocide in Tibet
draconian repression in East Turkestan
military expansion and aggression
world's tightest Internet censorship (and)
the largest dealer of "Weapons of Mass Destruction" to rogue states
None of these policies is a practice that we want our hard-earned dollars to support. So we're stopping all Made in China purchases that are labeled as such, and investigating others. I realize when it's time to buy a new laptop, we may have to concede temporarily, but, in the meantime, we're sticking with it.

Read more:

How One Family Came to Boycott China

Won't a boycott hurt ordinary Chinese people?

IDA Pleads to Stop Brutal Dog Culls

Sources of Non-Chinese Products

Some Very Good Questions about a Boycott China campaign

Sign the Boycott China Action Form

*This is a general introduction to a series of posts on the No China Diet, which I think my husband invented.