Consumer influence on businesses

“Consumers have more influence over the products that are produced, and future products that are being developed, than we may realize.”

Yes, absolutely yes.

While perched on a wooden stool, and eating Mommy’s delectable twice-baked mashed potatoes in a cozy, backroom corner at work during lunch, I read this article in a local newspaper (obviously a few years back), and was encouraged on varying levels.


Spoken Word | Martin Luther King Jr.

It really boils down to this: that all life
is interrelated.
We are all caught
in an inescapable network of mutuality;
in a single garment of destiny,
to whatever affects one directly;
affects all indirectly.
We are made
to live together because
of the interrelated structure
of reality.
And did you ever stop to think that you
can’t leave for your job in the morning
without being dependent
on most of the world?
You get up in the morning and go
to the bathroom, and reach over for a sponge,
and that’s handed to you by
a Pacific Islander.
You reach for a bar of soap,
and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman.
And then you go in the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning,
and that’s poured
in your cup by
a South American.
Or maybe you want tea.
That’s poured in your cup by a Chinese.
Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa
for breakfast,
and that’s poured in your cup
by a West African.
And then you reach over for your toast,
and that’s given to you at the hands
of an English-speaking farmer—not to mention the baker.
And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning,
you have depended on more than half of the world.
This is the way
our universe is structured,
it is its interrelated quality.
We aren’t going to have peace on earth
until we recognize
this basic fact
of the interrelated structure of all reality.


Martin Luther King Jr.
Listen ‘live’ here (7:08-9:05).


What is Fair Trade?

A trading partnership,
based on dialogue,
transparency and respect,
that seeks greater equity
in international trade.
It contributes to
sustainable development
by offering
better trading conditions to,
and securing the rights of,
marginalized producers and workers–
especially in the South.