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Maria Voss Voss 1
Mrs. Flowers
8 October 2013
Arguing A Position Paper

World Benefits When Buying Local
Global warming, pollution, and dwindling fossil fuels will always be the conservational problems if nobody starts to buy local grown foods. Katherine Spriggs, author of the essay, “On Buying Local,” explains how having a large variety of foods at all times of the year is not worth the negative effects in the communities and their economies (Spriggs 92). As a community, many environmental challenges are being faced; Buying local will help bring advantages to not only the environment, but also the small towns and the
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Spriggs implies that the small planters, who rotate their crops or use a field, alternatively for pasture and for crops, keep the land healthy (Spriggs 96). Because of the use of large amounts of chemicals at larger farms, the ground water also has a much larger chance of being contaminated. However, we can see how much more efficient it is to buy from small, local farms. Many economically, efficient factors will begin to increase as well. Spriggs notes buying local has clear positive economic effects in local communities (Spriggs 98). When local farms start to take over, locally grown crops will be in higher demand. This higher demand will also lead to many job openings, which could help decrease the number of unemployed residents and will also keep the money within the community population. Some people may debate that large farms are cheaper, but not everyone knows exactly what has went into the food they are buying. Small farms would be trustworthy when it comes to unwanted additives. For example, the cattle from the small farms are getting their nutrition they need. These farmers are keeping watch on their cattle and spending more money to keep these cows healthy. The larger farms are different because they keep

Voss 4 track of the amount of beef the farmers will produce, not on the nourishment the cattle should be getting. The nourishment of the cows is important to the quality of the