Locavore Movement Dbq Essay

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Farmer’s markets allow families to experience the culture and passions of local merchants, farmers, and friends through freshly produced foods. In these communities, people buy nutritious goods difficult to find in their local grocery stores. For the past decade, the locavore movement has influenced and convinced many people to eat locally grown products as much as possible because they claim it preserves the environment. However, many people disagree with this movement stating even though it supports local farmers, it hurts farmers in other places. They also say it ignores economies of scale involving good miles. Although the locavore movement possesses a few negative outcomes, it overall helps the economy, sustains nutrition, and preserves the environment. Local farmers benefit by selling their produce to people in their communities. A study by the New Economics Foundation in London states, “a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy” (Source A). They also allow people to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables when most abundant, making them cheaper (Source A). While some argue that buying…show more content…
It avoids pollution created by transporting produce long distances. A study by the journal Food Policy in March 2005 stated that, “the miles that organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic” (Source A). Although transportation of goods serves as a small reason for pollution, simply selling produce locally can help the community in many ways. Source D stated that transporting two-thousand apples two-thousand miles would be the same as transporting fifty apples fifty miles to a farmer’s market. However, a farmer will bring other grown foods including the fifty apples, and if the 2,000 apples stayed in its community, it would not only save miles on gasoline but also preserve the
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