While local farming brings the production of food closer to where it will be consumed, globalized food trade depends on trade and specialization, where production costs depend on local climate and natural resources where a specific crop is grown. We typically just buy anything non-canned, non-boxed and non-frozen here (fruit, veggies, dairy, bread). October 6th, 2018 at 11:07 a.m. Photo by Lauren St. Clair (Photo Editor) October has brought stunning autumnal colours to Kelowna. Eating locally grown produce is healthier than store-bought ... of what we buy in our local store isn’t grown in the United States, no matter what time of year. A local store in Lansing, MI, named Horrocks has 90%+ of its products from local Michigan suppliers. For example: My local health food store sells a very clean brand of tortillas called, “Stacy’s.” These tortillas contain just about the same ingredients I would use at home. The prices on nearly all of this stuff is cheaper than the chain grocery stores. Sexton’s article give examples of California and Idaho. “The New Economics Foundation, an independent economic think tank based in London, compared what happens when people buy produce at a supermarket vs. a local farmer’s market or community supported agriculture (CSA) program and found that twice the money stayed in the community when folks bought locally.” Is locally grown food more expensive than store-bought food? But when you scrutinize the laws governing what food companies can and cannot say on labels, it becomes obvious why consumers are so confused. By purchasing these tortillas, I’m able to free up my time to make something that doesn’t have a good store-bought alternative, like: I will use California as an example because a large portion of our produce imports come from there. 'Organic' vs 'local', the saga continues. When we are comparing imported vs local organic produce it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Yet, for me, it has also revealed a huge paradox on campus. Fresh produce is usually more expensive than processed, canned or frozen foods, but you can save money on fresh, locally grown food by eating it when it’s in season. While we are surrounded by farms in full harvest, students purchasing habits on campus does not reflect this.

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