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December 8, 2009 In the first installment of the Tell Me More conscientious holiday shopping series, host Michel Martin explores the "ethical omnivore" movement, which encourages food consumers to patronize smaller-scale farming and old-fashioned methods that proponents say are kinder to animals and better for the environment. But with "certified humane" turkeys costing upwards of $200, some say such ethical considerations are too taxing on the wallet. A panel of ethical omnivores, including two meat producers, tell why its worth the consideration.
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December 16, 2009 While many people hunt for the best bargains at Christmastime, others just want to be sure their spending reflects well upon their values and political beliefs. Daryl Herrschaft, of the Human Rights Campaign, and environmental blogger Wendy Koch, of USA Today discuss the popularity of conscientious shopping guides, such as Herrschaft's Buyers Guide for Equality.
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December 22, 2009 Brian Leber, owner of a Chicago jewelry store that specializes in conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold, talks about his mission to educate consumers on the ethical sensitivities, or conflicts, associated with some of the world's finest jewelry. Leber is joined by Carroll Bogert, associate director of Human Rights Watch, who explains efforts by her group to persuade governments and corporations to buy their precious metals and stones from areas that support human rights.
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December 29, 2009 Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, talks about his work to help potential donors find charities where the needy benefit most from their contributions. Borochoff is joined by Tell Me More personal finance guru Alvin Hall.
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