Comments: May 2006 Eat Local Challenge: Conclusions


I still like my foreign mangoes.

This isn't the place for discussion, but one could ask about what a third-world country has to offer the global economy if not agricultural products?

Good for you.

I'm not sure I was addressing "what a third world country has to offer the global economy". Frankly, they are quite rightly more into figuring out what to do about the local economy. I agree it's not the place for discussing it and deserves a lot more thoughtful discussion than I've given it here. I just wanted to raise the idea that exporting food doesn't have to be the only solution to extreme poverty.

The issue of third-world agriculture and global trade is a complex and tricky one. Since I do still buy imported foods like rice, (I just got my shipment of fair trade jasmine rice from Thailand, so I have to try it out!), tropical fruits, citrus fruits and stuff that just plain old doesn't grow here, like dried porcini, I don't feel too bad about not supporting both local farmers and third-world farmers.

What bothers me is the way that our government in the US gives an unfair advantage in the global marketplace to our own corporate farms, and screws over smaller third-world farmers by doing subsidies on commodity products and water, supporting petrochemical pesticide companies that also sell seeds with terminator genes to these small farmers. -That- really bugs me.

What it comes down to is this--I like my food to be fresh and sustainable, and I like to support the little guy. Hence my rather non-standard view on buying locally and how to go about it.

Thanks, Barbara: I was hoping you'd chip in and present a coherent comment that shames mine.

So...yeah...what she said! : )

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