Re: Buy local: At what cost? (Sept 24)
Toronto. In his most recent column, David Descôteaux argues that buying local creates grave harm on our society by essentially eliminating the comparative advantage of nations.
He goes to some length to explain that adopting a “buy local” strategy will hurt our pocketbooks.
In a feeble attempt to address the obvious advantages of buying local, he writes, “Buying local can, sometimes, help the environment. But its virtues stop here.”
This glib denunciation of one important tactic to protect our planet, and hence ourselves, is perplexing to most rational citizens. It is undeniably clear that our planet faces environmental distress due, in large part, to our insatiable appetites and utter disregard for how products are created and transported. This lack of forethought has left us with a tenuous future.
It is simply illogical to assume that current consumption patterns can sustain themselves in the long run. The choices we make, in terms of our purchases, leave future generations in dire peril. It is time to examine all available alternatives, including buying local.
Jim Belo, Toronto