Happy Labor Day! In case you are not quite sure what we are celebrating today, labor day celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. The first big Labor Day was on September 5, 1882, created by the Central Labor Union in New York.
So what does this mean for us Americans today? If your like me, it feels as though we use this holiday as a farewell to summer, white clothes and a hello to football season.
I therefore propose that we use today as a day to remind us of all the manual laborers that are still working to give us our daily freedoms. In particular, I would love to thank our local farmers.
I am so very grateful for our local farming community, and particularly for those who are making a huge step to farm sustainably and organically. If it was not for them, we would be stuck with conventional, pesticide-laden food that most likely was derived from GMO seeds. These farmers have a tough battle ahead and we must do every thing we can to help. Because lets face it, we are voting with our dollars. Every time we purchase conventional non-local food, we are voting for the large agricultural businesses and are making it that much harder for our local sustainable farmer to stay in business.
So I ask you today to pay the extra dollar, to shop with consciousness and contribute to the survival of the laborers that are doing exactly that. Working hard through manual labor and much great effort to put those beautiful, organic fruits and vegetables on our table.
It’s time to make a difference.