Locavore Essay

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Locavores: Synthesis

Locavores are members of a community who eat locally grown products as much as they possibly can. They are people who believe in nutrition with an eye for sustainability. The movement has spread throughout the United States and at first glance appears to be a great, eco-friendly idea. Although after further reviewing, there seems to be more than meets the eye. There are several groups who oppose the idea of locavorism, and others who believe that it is a lifestyle that should be adopted by the entire United States. In the end, it all comes down to personal opinion.

According to Jennifer Maiser, locally grown food “just tastes better”(A). She states this while trying to prove the point that being a locavore is not only healthy, but delicious as well. Maiser’s article is quite the opinionated piece, and having someone’s opinion forced down your throat is not everyone’s cup of tea. Maiser also claims that when food is traveling such a great distance to places such as Wal-Mart it is even more greatly affected by “bio-terrorism” (A) in which “food begins to lose nutrition as soon as it is harvested” (B). This can apparently be solved by going to the global supermarket and choosing wisely in order to obtain the proper needs for the body. (B) But, according to opinions in Document B, it will be extremely sub par and not quite up to the “taste of

fresh food” standard. The Locavore movement has impacted the middle income families in several different ways. They have become scavengers for “fresh, vine ripened foods grown on local farms…” (E) Believing that they are not only helping themselves, but helping their community and the environment as well.

Unfortunately their selfless acts are not as helpful as they may seem. Throughout the past few years there has been an increase in small farms, 1.2 million (E) to be exact. While local farmers and businesses are booming, others are declining. The world revolves around trade, it has since the...
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