365 Ways #47–Vote with your wallet and your gullet

#47–I just had a meeting with some friends to discuss ways to make the Wilson 100 Bike Ride a big benefit event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We met at a great restaurant in the Oakhurst Village in Decatur called Nectar (http://www.nectarfoods.net/HOME.html). I can’t believe I didn’t know about this place, so I’m going to make sure that you do. Check out the website or, better yet, drop in and you’ll understand why I’m giving this joint some mad props. Organic and Raw and damn tasty–I’m looking forward to going again. But the main reason I’m writing this post is to make this point:

When you patron a business for environmental or health reasons, let the proprietor know why you’re there. Doing the right thing and selling healthy products is not always easy. And it’s typically more expensive for the business as well. Over 90% of the money spent on food in this country is spent on fast food–crap that does nothing for our vitality–just look at the health of our country. We rate 37th in the world in overall health yet spend more $ than any other country in the world on health care. So the demand for real, life sustaining food and services is somewhat rare. Only when we make businesses like Nectar the norm rather than the exception will we really be able to make ourselves and thus the world a healthier, happier place.

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