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The challenge of trying to buy everything that is only made in the USA… by Nicole McClellan @ 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. I was hoisting the beans triumphantly above my head when my roommate approached. “What about the packaging?” she asked. I scowled at her. More of the world’s aluminum comes from China than from anywhere else; the only way to know the origins of this particular can was to call the company–and it was Saturday. “Buying American is such a pain in the a**!” I wailed.

I try my best to get made in USA goods and services, but my friends think it’s silly and impossible. Post up your experiences and attempts in the comments…