Holistic Businesses – Don’t Follow This Example

Financial transactions are as much about building relationships as they are spending money, so I have to admit, I do get a little peeved when I spend money and then feel disrespected by the company I’ve paid.

A few years ago we used to buy our food from the local superstore. We’d spend on average around £4500 a year there.

I’ve shopped with this superstore for my entire adult life and therefore spent in the region of £76500 in their premises.

But then I noticed their quality had dropped. The apples in the store were bruised. The tins were getting more dented. The tortilla wraps had begun sticking together, the pitta bread had holes in them and they had begun to have items they used to have in stock, regularly out of stock.

I wrote to the local branch. Three weeks later, when they hadn’t replied, so I wrote to their Head Office. Funnily enough, they didn’t reply either. So I assumed that perhaps ignoring customer’s complaints was now company policy. I also noticed that nothing had improved in the store.

I suppose my £4500 a year is quite small compared to their annual profit of £2.65 billion. And I suppose losing my custom doesn’t really mean that much to them.

However, this got me thinking…

I’d been wrestling with food miles and the environmental stuff for quite some time. I know that my veg, even if grown locally will probably go to somewhere like Germany to get packaged before it will return to the UK and go on a shelf.

I know all this is not good for the environment. I know how superstores are now able to dictate pricing to suppliers and even influence town planning. I don’t necessarily like the idea of 180 new superstores being opened in the UK in the next 18 months. But I do accept there are some benefits to having these stores as part of the diversity of our culture.

But having said all that, when a company fails to value the relationship with a customer, then the customer is probably right to review the relationship with the company.

So I considered the food miles and the environment and the growth of the superstores and came to the conclusion… It was time to grow my own food, get my own chickens, shop where it is most convienients and buy local.

When we spend money in our my local economy, most of it stays in your local economy, but when you spend it at a superstore, very little of it returns.

Since I live in the countryside and am surrounded by farmers – some of whom I know – I’d prefer to line their pockets than people who do not value my relationship with them.

I’d love to know your take on this.

Best
Neil

Buying A Cat From A Shelter – Secrets To Finding The Best Kitty

Buying a cat from a shelter is a great idea because there are millions of wonderful kittens and adult cats waiting for someone to adopt them. It just takes a little extra sleuthing to be sure you are getting the right feline friend for your home.

When you bring a cat home from a shelter you can pat yourself on the back because will be giving a cat or kitten in need a much needed chance to have a happy home. In many cases you will literally be saving their lives.

These days you may not even have to visit the shelter to adopt because they are being very proactive about getting kitties out to where the people are. Such outreach programs can be found at adoption centers in pet superstores, at fares and festivals and even on busy street corners and in office buildings.

Shelter workers will question the person surrendering the kitty for as much information about it as they can get but that’s not always a lot. So you’ll have to rely on your and their observations of the animal in question to decide if this cat will make a good friend for you in your home.

Start by getting a feel for the temperament of the animal. Is it outgoing or does it sit in the back of the room and hope no one notices it. If it’s outgoing does it play well with the other animals there or does it bully and dominate the other cats. Neither situation is “Wrong” but it will tell you a bit about how this cat will behave in your home.

Well socialized kittens can play easily in nearly any surroundings so a kitten who is awake but hiding in a corner or who is obviously frightened of you should send off warning bells.

Adult cats are more reserved so you’ll have to give them a bit more leeway because even the nicest, most friendly cat in the world can be miserable and disoriented in the cages of a shelter. But in general an adult cat who is used to people will be friendly and inquisitive towards you.

Be sure to check for signs of good health, then ask for all the information the shelter staff have on the animals you are interested in. They will have a file on each cat or kitten containing all they found out from the person who surrendered the cat as well as vet results and their own observations.

Organic Health Food Real Or Paying For a Fancy Name

Organic Health Food has of late become such a catchphrase that it has entered the language of the common or garden Yank to almost day-to-day use. It is a note of which many folks believe they know the meaning, but few do.

1 or 2 seconds of hard speculation produces a myriad of questions: what’s unique about organic food vs the garden-variety superstore wares? And what about organic baby food? Is it seriously different or superior? What are the benefits? Am I able to trust the labels? Below run some regularly asked questions and non-permanent answers, just doing my part to help in your education what’s unique about organic food vs the garden-variety superstore wares? Essentially the differences on your plate occur in two spheres : additions and chemicals.

The prior can imply anything that changes the standard of the food in color, consistency, taste and marks. The 2nd is anything that keeps food fresh for longer amounts of time and is sometimes some variety of sodium product. As the northern US diet is dangerously high in sodium, there’s not any need for the consumption of further salts as chemicals. On the farm level, the differences become even more dramatic.

And what about organic baby food? Is it noticeably different or superior? Organic baby food boasts all the same benefits as regular organic food spotted above. Since baby’s body is loads more fragile to poisons than is an adult’s, the benefits of avoiding additions increase noticeably. Disposing of additions and chemicals in organic baby food also quite essentially suggests that there are less ingredients to which baby may develop allergies and that digestion of organic baby food is easier. Organic baby food is quick-cooked so that less nutriments will be lost, an unlucky derivative of cooking food typically. This is going to be reduced by making your own or feeding baby more iron-rich food. What are the benefits? Well, this is the selling point of organic product. Less poisons in your diet mean avoidance of certain commercial maladies.

Organic ingredients give the possibility for the average consumer to grasp exactly what they are eating. And, when you have experienced this phenomenon, you’re unlikely to take a look at non-organic food labels the same way again. Am I able to trust the labels? This one is troublesome. Just as there are zillions of lobbyists and worried citizen action groups, there are zillions of company employees and counsels finding tactics around existing law.

Simple research helps a lot to slash through the claims and counterclaims. For example, if a baby food label is marked chicken, this suggests that chicken must comprise as little as forty percent of the ingredients’ total mass. If two ingredients are listed, the initial need only make up ten percent and in the second less is acceptable. If it is full of flash, oily promotional guarantees and a deficit of solid data, become suspicious.