Buying Local Is Not For Everyone

By Roger Currie

(WINNIPEG, MB) – The idea of “buying local” is becoming increasingly popular among Canadians.

Purchasing food from a local farmer or a product from a small business is often more gratifying than lining up at a large franchise.

Sometimes local products are preferred to imports, because the products are fresher or simply better.

But the push to “buy local” can become a problem when people rail against large chains and foreign products.

Pushback against products because they aren’t local can have negative unintended consequences.

Relying too heavily on locally-grown food creates a dilemma when crops fail because of bad weather, resulting in shortages and higher prices.

Global trade which allows food to move all over the world gives us greater variety for our diet, as well as food security.

Large scale farming can generally produce more food per acre, while using less energy than small scale local farming.

Large retailers are able to sell some goods at a lower price, saving consumers a lot of money in the long run.

Some people cannot afford to pay twice as much for their groceries and other necessities.

Roger Currie is a regular contributor to the Frontier Centre.

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About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata

1 Comment on "Buying Local Is Not For Everyone"

  1. Roger you hit the nail on the head, not everyone can pay the high prices that the local farmers are asking. There are more and more people in this area that are shopping in the USA because of the high product pricing in this are and the HST we pay at 13%, we save 7% right off the top in the USA. In some cases you can’t buy local products because they are shipped out of this area to places were they receive a higher price.

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