How does the vast movement of food from one nation to another benefit or potentially harm developing nations? Are there benefits of importing food to developed or wealthy nations?

Unit 2 – Discussion Board 
 Unit:  The Human Population 

 
Within the Discussion Board area, write 300–500 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments.
Do you know where your food comes from? Throughout history, self-sufficiency has been the norm for acquiring food such as grains, meats, fruits, and vegetables. People and nations grew their own food and traded only on a local level. Today, food trade between nations has intensified, food is shipped thousands of miles across the globe, and world trade in agricultural products exceeds $1 trillion annually.

Choose a food item from your fridge or pantry. All fresh items should be labeled with a sticker that states the country of origin. If you need help finding that information, use the following link:
Click here for the list of foods and food information.
Complete the following:

List and describe the food item, and include where it came from (check the label or Web site).
Use this calculator  to determine how far it has traveled to you. You should enter your city and state as “Point A” and then the country of origin as “Point B”. If you know the city, state, and country of origin, use that information for “Point B”. Answer the following questions (use the Internet and CTU library to form your opinions):

How does the vast movement of food from one nation to another benefit or potentially harm developing nations? Are there benefits of importing food to developed or wealthy nations?
There is an “eat local” initiative developing throughout the United States and Europe. What are the benefits to buying fresh, local foods? Are there drawbacks? Do you buy local?
Can you live without the food item you chose? Is there a local substitute available?
Knowing what you do of how global food trade affects the global market and the economies of individual countries, explain your position on buying this food item in the future.

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