Caring about the environment is patriotic.
October 31st, 2011
Should we do everything in our power to reform US corn subsidies so that genetically modified corn syrup isn’t the sweetener of choice for US candy manufacturers? Absolutely. Should we support GMO labeling laws so that those companies are forced to rethink putting GM ingredients in their products to begin with? Of course! Should we urge companies like Hershey’s to stop sourcing cocoa from places that use child slave labor (or even boycott those companies)? Not even a question.
But until those reforms happen, should we punish our children by not letting them partake in some good old fashioned trick-or-treating and candy-eating that (heaven forbid) isn’t organic and fair-trade certified? I say an emphatic no.
There’s been a big push this year to green Halloween, to make it a “conscious” holiday. I’m all for DIY costumes, lead-free makeup, and using a pillowcase to collect treats instead of the ubiquitous landfill-bound plastic pumpkin, but seriously: Don’t make your kids stay home and celebrate with lame healthy “treats” while their friends run around the neighborhood and rejoice in their candy carousing.
Halloween only happens once a year, and kids need to be kids. Even the eco ones.