2011: The Year of Opting Out En Masse
“We don’t need a law against McDonalds or a law against slaughterhouse abuse– we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.”
I just love this quotation from Joel Salatin, grassbased farmer, author, and speaker extraordinaire from Polyface Farm in Virginia. I have found over the years that the more I opt out of, the simpler, easier and less stressed my life becomes – not to mention healthier!
Last year I opted out of using plastic or paper bags from the store. It took me a few months, but I managed to change this habit so that bringing my own store totes is now second nature. I also switched our household over to biodegradable garbage bags. Very simple changes both, but what a mound of waste I’ve avoided in just one year!
If we could all opt out of one or two things each year that are bringing nothing but waste, excess, or toxins into our lives and our environment, imagine how much change we could evoke together in just a few years!
What things are you all going to opt out of in 2011 (if anything)? I would love to hear your fresh ideas!
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.