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Old 07-03-2012, 09:22 AM   #7
Rebecca Roth
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Re: Buying Local

In addition to all the points already raised, which are certainly valid... there is also the environmental cost of transporting produce over long distances. Think about the resources used to truck goods cross country (or fly/ship them from outside the country) just to transport, the fact that these have to be carried in refrigerated trucks which are more resource intensive, and the resulting pollutants emitted in transporting.

You may be paying $3 for an equally filling/caloric ear of corn, but at the cost of not supporting local/family business (not really knowing who/what you are supporting most of the time); of greater environmental impact; of increased waste (when you mass produce goods that deteriorate, you also usually create mass waste); of humane treatment of employees and living wage; and of product quality control... among other things I can't think of at the moment.
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