Let’s talk about Mexican produce

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Yesterday White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that one of the options being considered to pay for the border wall is a 20% tax on Mexican imported goods. Later various White House people scaled back on that saying it would be more like 5% or emphasizing “it’s just one of the options” .

I don’t think this option will be popular with Congress and it won’t be an option they’ll go with but it’s worth talking about anyway.

Americans, especially those who support Trump, should be offended by this proposal. This administration is essentially asking Americans to pay for the wall not once but twice. Taxpayer money pays for the building of the wall. Those funds are “reimbursed” through this tax, paid for by American consumers. Either Trump is truly an idiot or he believes Americans are idiots. He’s counting on his sales schmooze to put this through.

People responded on social media to this proposal by freaking about about their avocados and tequila. The impact would be so much bigger than avocados and tequila. Mexico is the biggest importer of fresh produce to the U.S. Tomatoes,melons,lettuce,peppers,pineapple,coconut, sugar,cukes,grapes, COCOA. 70% of vegetables and 40% of fruit imports come from Mexico.  This tax obviously will increase the cost of produce at a time when accessibility to produce for low income people, especially in food deserts, is already a crucial issue in food justice.

And let’s not forget Mexican Coke.

With Trump’s new immigration policies and wall building, we will already see the price of produce increase anyway, 20% tax or not. The workers who grow our food domestically are from Mexico and other countries, usually paid less than American workers. The price of food will reflect the loss of underpaid labor .( As always, I advocate for migrant food workers to be paid fairly and our food system is reliant on these workers. I’m just stating that the system as it is currently will bring this about).

The hypothetical boycotts that could take place could be interesting. If those who don’t want the wall and buycott Mexican produce, they’ll have to be satisfied with limited produce options in winter or grow and preserve their own food. Or actively participate in the growth of these industries domestically. I already have seen some on the conservative side want to buycott Mexican goods anyway just on the premise alone that “Mexico is bad” per Trump’s commentary.  Both ways, the Mexican economy suffers and that wall isn’t getting paid for by anyone but American taxpayers.


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Lunchtime Not-Links: Pictures of Things Growing

I barely touched my feedly this weekend, so this morning I had thousands of unread things. I clicked “Mark all as read”. Then groaned as I realized I’d have nothing to share for lunchtime links today. Der.
So, here’s some pictures of people growing things!  I hope it inspires those of you doing the gardening thing this year.

If any of you out there have gardens growing, I would LOVE to share your pictures. Send them to me at jupitersinclair@gmail.com

Maters in cartons via East Side Compost Pedallers

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“I love spring! The garden is looking good…we share the beets, lettuce, garlic and carrot tops with the chickens..they’re not huge fans of the carrots themselves but our horses love those.”

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via  …”40 students added soil and compost to our new school garden! Get’n dirty at school!”

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Jennydecki is getting chickens!  (Not her actual coop but she promises pictures soon)


Remember this family who was told they couldn’t have a veggie garden? They won the right to keep their garden.
If you hear of actions like this happening against people trying to grow gardens in their own yards or as a community, please support them w/ petitions, community meeting, and every possible way possible. Allowing people to grow their own food is crucial to food sovereignty.

 

I Like Giving

I’m having one of those days where I feel all the feelings (shout out to my fellow empaths ) and this video has me wrecked. I have been incredibly frustrated lately by the great need many people have right now and the lack of willingness others have to help those in need.  When I see the opposite , it hits me in a big way.

I Like Being 98 is Evelyn’s story. Evelyn lives in a retirement community without public transportation. They used to have a bus that would take residents to the grocery store twice a week but they discontinued that. Despite having limited resources of her own, she made a promise to another resident who said she was going to have to move if they didn’t get another bus so she could shop, “I will get you to the grocery store.”
So, at 97, Evelyn went to her local Department of Motor Vehicles, took each of the required tests, passed with flying colors and took Joyce to the store. This was her way, she said, of giving back to her community.

Evelyn’s words express so much.” I’m on the earth, I’m here and if I can contribute I will. Shouldn’t we all? And not just think of ourselves? Like I said, I don’t have money to give, but I can give myself, my time.”

 

The video is made by I Like Giving, a non-profit who’s mission is “to inspire generous living. It is a collection of stories from around the world about people who have done the unexpected without expecting anything in return.”

 

Just beautiful.