It is argued that domestic foods are preferred than the imported ones thanks to being eco-friendly and reasonable. Personally, I believe that their benefits outweigh drawbacks for the following reasons.
On the one hand, it is conspicuous that consuming local foods would bring about several disadvantages. First and foremost, domestic foods sometimes cannot meet the demand of residents, especially in some disaster areas. If flood damages all the crops in one region, it is vital that this local should import foodstuff from neighbourhoods to feed themselves. Secondly, in some areas, in dry season, land is so barren that only a few plants can grow. Taking Central Vietnam as an example, dry season here lasts six months without any rains; therefore, there are just a small number of plants can survive in this weather conditions. Food supply is quite rare, emerging the need for shipped food.
On the other hand, I believe that the advantages of regional foods are worthwhile. Firstly, because domestic foods incur significantly low shipping fees and tariffs, consumers save much money when buying local ones. For instance, comparing with imported American watermelon sold for $2 per kilogram, that grown in Hanoi costs only $0.5 per kilogram thanks to less tax and shipping charge. Secondly, eating domestic foods not only contribute in growing GDP, but stipulate demand and supply of this country as well. As a result, the economy is positively affected by increasing the use of regional foodstuffs. Last but not least, its environmentally-friendly benefit is no doubt by saving fuel for shipping and limiting car fumes.
In conclusion, although consuming local foodstuffs has both benefits and drawbacks, it seems to me that its advantages would be more important regarding lower price, and positive impacts on not only economy but also the environment.