Some people think imported food exerts positive impacts on our lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays, supermarkets are stocked with food products from around the world. Some individuals are of the opinion that this imported food has a beneficial effect on us. I beg to differ. I feel that the local and regional produce is better for us and will discuss why in this essay.
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It is certainly the case that importing food can have a negative effect on local culture. This can be seen in countries such as India where imported food has become more popular than traditional, local produce. This has eroded people’s understanding of their own food traditions. Earlier, people in India sat together to eat their traditional meals but the fast food is generally eaten alone sitting in front of the TV. Although some would claim that this is a natural part of economic development, in an increasingly global world. I feel strongly that any loss of regional culture would be detrimental.
A second major reason to reduce imports is the environmental cost. Currently, many food imports such as fruit, are transported thousands of miles by road, sea and air, making the produce more expensive to buy and increasing pollution from exhaust fumes. Despite the fact that trade in food exports has existed for many years, I am convinced that a reduction would bring significant financial and environmental gains. What is more, the local farmer cannot cope up with the stiff competition and is therefore suffering a lot.
However, many jobs depend on food exports and some less developed countries may even depend on this trade for economic survival. In spite of this, the importance of developing local trade should not be undervalued.
In conclusion, I reiterate my views saying that reducing food imports would have cultural and environmental benefits. What is more, the local economy should, in time, prosper commercially as the demand for local and regional produce remains high resisting the competition from overseas.