First things frist, local food must come first!
In recent years, the movement towards consuming local food has gained tremendous momentum, fueled by the understanding of its benefits such as a low carbon footprint and support for local communities. This is completely true and highly respected. We need to think differently to finally and reshape our way of life to achieve this.
But in second place, no! What in tenth place comes?
While these reasons are undeniably crucial, it's essential to broaden our perspective and consider the global implications of our choices.
Why global ties are important?
Choosing local isn't just about reducing our immediate environmental impact or fostering social connections within our communities. It's about recognizing that our actions, even at the local level, are intricately tied to the larger global context. Food, beyond nourishing our bodies, plays a pivotal role in the global financial and commodity flow. Our choices as consumers hold power, and by engaging in short, transparent, and ethical supply chains globally, we become catalysts for positive change.
Every Euro is a vote!
In the interconnected web of trade, our purchases are votes that shape the financial well-being of farmers in remote regions, if spent in short and transparent supply chains. When we disconnect from responsible producers in other parts of the world, we inadvertently surrender our influence, allowing careless giants to dominate the global market. Imagine the impact if Dutch consumers, while rightfully prioritizing local products, also played an active role in supporting ethical practices globally. It's a powerful avenue for creating a more equitable and sustainable world.
If everyone produce everything only locally?
However, there's a delicate balance to strike. While consuming locally is commendable, envisioning a world where everyone produces everything they consume locally could strain ecosystems. Recognizing and leveraging the unique advantages each region possesses allows us to foster a global community where environmental and social goals are achieved collaboratively.
I know, I am biased!
As someone rooted in a farming family in the Middle East, I bring these thoughts not to draw conclusions but to spark a conversation. Let's navigate the intricate dance between local and global, making conscious choices that not only benefit us locally but contribute to a more harmonious world at large. After all, in the tapestry of global trade, every thread counts, and our choices have the potential to weave a narrative of positive change.
I welcome all you comments so we can come up with right choices.