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Re: “Does Buying Local Really Matter?

Buying local is a nice notion, but the idea of keeping those dollars local is problematic in a number of ways. If we only bought local food, we wouldn't be able to eat the better part of the food available to mankind, goodbye citrus fruits and hello scurvy. All these people sitting around Big City Coffee would be naked due to the absence of cotton mills, a tannery and the like. And, importantly, local businesses cannot provide employment for all of the folks in the Treasure Valley. We live in a global economy, the cost of inputs is fully reflected in the price of goods and that includes the cost of transporting that item to market. Like it or not, we are members of a giant market place and spiraling transportation costs, ease of communication and technology in general have made the most remarkable market the world has ever seen at our fingertips.

Posted by leland73 on 04/16/2010 at 12:13 PM

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