In the last post about coffee I brought up a question regarding what classifies an American made product. I personally have had this debate regarding some products that seem to go through different stages or are comprised of many disparate parts. Take dog food for instance. I buy Spot’s Stew for my sweet Coco and it proudly states that it is made in the USA. If there are meats or grains in this dog food that are foreign, I don’t think it makes this a non-American-made product. The dog food itself was actually made in Florida, and that is the product I paid for. As long as I sign on the dotted line to purchase an American made product then I feel I am holding good to my promise here at Domestic Journey. Another example is my Cadillac. I can only assume that components of the car are from other countries but I am not buying a fuel pump or a stereo plug, I am buying the car as a whole, which is made in Lansing, Michigan. If I were to need to purchase any on those singular parts alone I would not be able to.
The opposite is not true, meaning if American products are sent oversees to be altered or used in something else, then I will not purchase that item. The components of a product are not my main concern, rather the product in its entirety.
Ideally I’d like to purchase only products that are purely from the U.S. from conception to completion, but that is not the parameters I’m existing in for this journey.
[P]atriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson