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Are you more likely to buy food if it is produced locally?

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mdlund0 4 years, 4 months ago

The cheapest food is the food that has cost the least to produce and deliver. The food that has cost the least to produce and deliver has consumed the least amount of energy. That which has consumed the least amount of energy is the most environmentally friendly. I buy the cheapest food, regardless of its origin.

Adrienne Sanders 4 years, 4 months ago

"The food that has cost the least to produce and deliver has consumed the least amount of energy."

Wow there's an insane leap to conclusions in that sentence.

mdlund0 4 years, 4 months ago

Not at all. Any cost you can point to, I can detail how it eventually traces back to the consumption of energy . In fairness to you, I suppose you could use very little energy locally and charge significantly more than market value, thus invalidating my logic. Doesn't seem likely though. For more info:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/food/4277371/Long-haul-food-produces-lower-carbon-emissions.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/opinion/06mcwilliams.html

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/11/06/food-mile-myths-buy-global.aspx

notajayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

So you're saying that a small farm using mostly manual labor can produce food cheaper than a big mega-corporate farm using mostly machinery?

RoeDapple 4 years, 4 months ago

local walmart. i especially enjoy the cookie isle.

Boosh 4 years, 4 months ago

I never buy food. I don't need it for sustenance.

mom_of_three 4 years, 4 months ago

That question is just written incorrectly. Am I more likely to purchase items just because it's produced locally? No. If the prices are comparable to others, then yes, I do learn toward locally produced items.

grammaddy 4 years, 4 months ago

I love the guys who sell corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe out of the back of their trucks. You know it was grown locally, and the actual farmer is getting the money he deserves.Usually the prices are cheaper than those in the produce aisle of the grocery store.And you're not paying a middle man.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't trust those folks. You have a problem with their food, guess what...no accountability because tomorrow they're gone

Unlike libs who would insist they be regulated and taxed...I don't buy from 'em, but you go right ahead; personal choice for each of us.

notajayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

Yes, of course. I love the local seafood. Those Kansas lobsters, clams, shrimp, salmon ... yum!

Oh, and let's not forget the local citrus ...

pace 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree the question is poorly phrased. I choose locally grown garden ripened tomatoes over the tasteless red things usually sold in the stores. I will drive several hundred miles, if necessary, to eat tree ripened peaches. I like celery from California. I love Kansas beef and pork. I like Checkers because they often have local produce.

CHKNLTL 4 years, 4 months ago

The people here are rich enough (e.i. The Merc)

notajayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

Wonder why the LJW didn't ask this as an OTS question - at the Merc, or perhaps the farmers' market?

Curtis Lange 4 years, 4 months ago

If it is the cheaper option, yes. If not, no.

emaw 4 years, 4 months ago

No but I am more likely to buy the local herb than that imported mexican crap!

riverdrifter 4 years, 4 months ago

Sling slang, kid, sling slang.

Salty side down. See.

kernal 4 years, 4 months ago

There's always mountain oyster just over in Colorado!

cj123 4 years, 4 months ago

I watched Food Inc. yesterday. Totally makes me want to buy food produced locally!

beatrice 4 years, 4 months ago

I am more likely to buy food because I need to eat.

Meatwad 4 years, 4 months ago

I try to steer toward local as much as possible. I've learned that sometimes local food tastes better than non local, sometimes it doesn't. I've bought both just to do taste tests. Also, sometimes local food is more expensive than non local, and sometimes it isn't. I recommend going to the farmer's markets, and also trying to aim for the "locally produced" signs in the grocery stores, but check the prices. If it costs less or the same as non local, I'll buy it. But if it's ridiculously higher, I won't.

blindrabbit 4 years, 4 months ago

Like to buy from local growers when it is feasible. But sometimes I cannot figure out why prices of local items are considerably higher than that produced away. For example, Dillons recently had Olathe (That being Olathe Colorado not Kansas) sweet corn 5/$1; or 20 cents each local corn was selling for $5/dozen (42 cents). Quality of the Colorado corn was considerably better and the ears were much larger. When living in all places, Southern New Jersey (the Garden State), there were produce stands operated by local growers all over the place; prices were very reasonable. I guess, I thought this being an agricultural area there be more of that kind of operations here. The Farmer's Market is OK , but!

booyalab 4 years, 4 months ago

Everything is local to someone....except Mars, although I would totally eat martians if they were free-range and organically grown, and tasted like venison.

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