About 4 years ago, I made a commitment to buy "Made in the USA" as often as I could. It's not easy, but it's a choice that I am choosing to make. In my house that choice falls under what we call "Becky's grape theory." Becky doesn't even know that we've named a family philosophy after her, but let me tell you the story.
When I was an economics major at the Wharton School of Business, my roommate's sister, Becky, boycotted grapes. Yes, you read that correctly - grapes. Becky was protesting the chemicals that the producers sprayed on the grapes. She believed those chemicals were harmful to the workers/grape pickers. At the time I thought that was the most ineffective ridiculous effort I'd heard of. In my arrogance, I thought what Becky was doing was "sweet" but pointless. What I now understand and respect is that Becky was living and acting in accordance with her beliefs. Whether it was effective or not wasn't the point; the point was that she was living what she believed. I now choose to integrate "Becky's Grape Theory" in the choices I make as a consumer.
Whenever I purchase an item, anything from garlic to automobiles, I choose to purchase items produced within our borders. I may be ineffective, but if more of made the same choice then business would choose to produce more in the US. And let me stress that I fully understand the economics behind why companies choose to produce where they do. But I am committed to my choice of purchasing American-made products.
Through my journey, I'm discovering some wonderful companies in addition to living what I believe. Thank you, Becky, for your integrity and the inspiration it now gives my entire family.