A.P. Language and Composition
Eating locally grown or produced products is growing in popularity, and has become very widespread in the last decade. The people who have decided to live and eat this way are now known as locavores. There are many given reasons for communities’ adaptation of locavorism, be it; it helps support local economy and farms, the food is better, or the pollution and damaging effects are a lot less. However, no matter what side is taken there are always some shadows to accompany the light.
“A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.” (Source A) The source that got their information from the New Economics Foundation, states that by buying local grown products, you are doubling your local economies income. You are supporting local farms and helping farmer’s make decent living. This however doesn’t account for those farms who do export their growing’s. Kenya exports most of its green beans to the U.K. Being constricted to only locavorism would endanger the livelihood of 1.5 million sub-Saharan farmers. Being local would not be beneficial to all. Even if we ignore that fact, locavorism still raises the question, what counts as local? “… some advocates arguing for political boundaries, others using quasi-geographic terms like food sheds, and still others laying out somewhat arbitrarily drawn food circles with radii of 100 or 150 or 500 miles.” (Source F) One can’t even come to a clear definition of what local is, and if that’s indeed the case it puts the whole philosophy of locavorism into un-clarity. “What counts as local? Does food need to be purchased directly from the producer? Does it still count when it’s distributed through a mass marketer…?” (Source F)
Another argument is that local food is better for you. “Food begins to lose nutrition as soon as it is harvested. Fruit and vegetables that...