The “buy local” movement has been around in some form since international trade and globalization began. In Canada, a “Buy Canadian” movement began as early as 1914, when the First World War economy saw imported products as a threat for the first time. In the U.S., the “Buy American Act” of 1933 required the U.S. government to prioritize American-made products in its procurement purchases. In the past few decades, the call to support local businesses by patronizing locally sourced and sold products over those that are imported and sold at corporate chains has gained momentum. While there seem to be many benefits to supporting the neighbourhood “mom n’ pop”, not least of which is a warm feeling of doing “the right thing”, is it really best to buy local?

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