I came across an interesting article in Businessweek the other day. The article talked about a new book by Alan Uke called Buying America Back. In his book Uke urges a revision to the consumer product labeling system run by the Federal Trade Commission. You may remember I did an earlier post on what it means for a product to be labeled “Made in U.S.A.” According to the article, “Uke wants country-of-origin labels to be redesigned so every consumer good sold in the U.S. shows where its components originate, what the U.S. trade balance is with the countries indicated, and the location of the manufacturer’s headquarters.” It’s an interesting idea and I urge you to read the article.
A few vaguely unrelated notes. I plan to begin two series within the next few weeks. The first will be on golf and the second will be on gardening. For the first time I will be offering giveaways related to both series, so you will have the opportunity to receive free swag. And the video I did on my favorite Seattle company, McKinnon Furniture, will be posted on the blog within the next two weeks.