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ProvinceOfOrigin

Label goods with the province AND country of origin
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Large countries like India, the USA and China, have many diverse parts, with different environmental and social conditions predominating in each province. Let's empower consumers with the information on specific province of origin on goods from large countries. Then consumers could, for example, favor products from Kerala State in India, where successful coalition governments have approached or bested USA life expectancy, infant mortality and adult literacy rates.
briancady413, Apr 19 2008

The Kito clan's wardrobe is exclusively Kerala State. http://i48.tinypic.com/smgidw.jpg
... except for my undershorts. Those are, of course, from Yap. Kerala's are just too itchy. [Amos Kito, Apr 19 2008, last modified Dec 07 2012]

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       Let's label everything with the exact global coordinates of where it was created. That would make everything better.
wagster, Apr 19 2008
  

       I'm sick of reading labels.
po, Apr 19 2008
  

       I just checked with the staff, and all of our groceries are already labelled in this way, often right down to the estate where they were bottled.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 19 2008
  

       hck.
po, Apr 19 2008
  

       Sp.: Hock.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 19 2008
  

       Are you also going to include the statistical data that goes along with the province of origin information. Just off the top of my head I don't know one Indian province from another and if I did I wouldn't know which is the better producer of a particular product.
Noexit, Apr 21 2008
  

       Pretty well baked for even smaller countries like France (Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone...) and Italy (Val d'Aosta...).
Sadly, it doesn't work too well for Cheddar cheese.
coprocephalous, Apr 21 2008
  

       [Noexit] I think that would be an equivalent of just labeling some items as "Good", and some as "Bad" and perhaps some as "Fair". And I think I'd like that.
xipetotec, Apr 21 2008
  

       Kerala State has a life expectancy at birth of 73, which beats out mississippi and district of columbia, but is less then 48 other states (or provinces) of the USA.   

       So consumers really should favor products from Hawaii or Minnesota, instead of looking overseas at places that mirror the worst the US has to offer.
mylodon, Apr 22 2008
  

       Nobody makes anything in Minnesota, except money.
RayfordSteele, Apr 22 2008
  

       They make scotch tape.
mylodon, Apr 22 2008
  

       ...but not nearly as foreign as Lancashire.
DrCurry, Apr 22 2008
  

       Furthermore the very worst the US has to offer goes largely unmirrored, thank goodness.
Texticle, Apr 22 2008
  

       So cranky, Texticle.   

       [Ian Tindale] You can have them ship you scotch tape.   

       I'm having some tobbacco shipped to me. Mmm. Tobacco. I bought enough to take a bath in.   

       In fact, Tobacco is designated by provinces, I discovered. I'm getting Virginia Tobacco, instead of, say, Kentucky.   

       I didn't shop around for Kerala tobacco, though. Maybe I should have.
mylodon, Apr 23 2008
  
      
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