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Elsewhere: O Say Can You Buy

Nicole McClelland ended up “hungry, broke and half-naked” after only a week trying to buy only American-made goods. She wrote about the experience for Mother Jones.

I had been cursing up and down the aisles at the grocery store for half an hour when I finally found a can of black beans claiming to be “100% usa family farm organically grown.” I was on a weeklong mission to buy only American-made goods, and my very first shopping trip had turned into a debacle. I’d been forced to put back the bananas, cherries, coconut, and chipotle peppers, and I was about to blow $15 on a tiny bottle of US-made olive oil.

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