Top 10 reasons why you Must support local products

“Buy LOCAL for OUR HEALTH, LOCAL, and OUR COUNTRY”

In my previous article about cashflow of Cambodia, I have roughly mentioned how cash is brought in Cambodia, how it is used and how it has been flowing out of the country. My growing concern is that young Cambodians, who are considered as “social steering engine”, are taking their local products, initiatives, and resources for granted. Foreign cultures are easily influenced in the teenagers’ communities. I can see that there will be huge problem in our economic if young people keeps throwing away money outside of the country. There are so many reasons why we all should support local businesses, but in this article I am going to briefly mention top 10 reasons why we should back our local products or businesses.

10. Local food/ products = local money

Supporting local products mean more money stays within our community. Every dollar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy.That means those purchases are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive. Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going. When money is spent elsewhere—at big supermarkets, non-locally owned utilities and other services such as on-line retailers—it flows out, like a wound. In fact, one Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer.

source: bealocalist

9. Local products build community, BUY LOCAL OR BYE LOCAL?

Independent businesses help give our community its distinct personality. When we buy direct from farmers or local producers, we’re engaging in a time-honored connection between buyers and growers or producers. Knowing farmers or producers give us insight into the seasons, the land, and our foods or products. In many cases, it gives us access to a place or opportunities where our children and grandchildren or younger generation to go to learn about nature and agriculture. Building a relationship with farmers or local producers is fun—who doesn’t love a trip to the farmers’ market! We get to learn something new about our foods and products, including when the freshest produce is in-season. According to minister Heang Van Horn who is a directorate of agricultural, the local products, for example, fruits, vegetable, that are grown in Cambodia is safer than the products that are imported.

8. Local products support local families and preserve natural landscape

The wholesale prices that farmers or local producers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers/ producers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food – which helps local families to keep producing and growing.
When farmers and local producers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they’re less likely to sell farmland for development. When we support locally grown foods or products, we’re doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.

Support the local business shows that we support the area where we live, work, and play.

7. One way to really make sure money stays in the community is through creating a local currency.

Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers or producers today, we are helping to ensure that there will be farmers and local producers in our community tomorrow. Local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs to local residents.

6. It promotes cultural diversity

Many local farmers or local producers are growing varieties of “culturally diverse” ingredients or equipment locally. Local businesses give a community its flavor. Small shops, local food court by local communities down the street where we can buy local grown products or handmade products is one-of-a-kind. By supporting those businesses instead of chains, you ensure that uniqueness is preserved as a part of your community. For example, when we go to Siem Reap, we see many shops own buy local people there selling handmade clothes, bracelets, rings, or even local cuisine there.  

5. Reduce Environmental Impacts

Locally sourced materials and products have many environmental benefits. They produce less waste by eliminating unnecessary transportation and delivery, therefore reducing the amount of packaging being used. Less packaging means less waste and less demand on landfill sites. Supporting local will help reduce pollution, improve air quality and improve our health. Choose local producers that can cut down processing, packaging, and transportations waste. Local producers are more likely to reuse materials. 59.3% said that they occasionally or usually use recycle materials and 7% said they always do.

4. Promote Entrepreneurship

Local economic growth will attract new talent and professionals, who may, in turn, create businesses of their own, enhancing a local economy. This is a new approach to economic development which focuses on strengthening small firms positioned for growth rather than trying to recruit or retain companies that could locate elsewhere like national retailers. The economic growth resulting from shopping at locally owned businesses helps to expand community areas.

3. It is the ethical choice

The majority of Cambodians were only trained as farmers. Eating imported food or products that have been flown halfway round the world or wrapped in layers of plastic lower economic credentials. It also indicates that we don’t support our local producers. If we shop at local butchers, bakers, farm shops and green grocers, it is likely that a decent percentage of the produce has had a short field-to-fork journey. Along with supporting local farmers or producers, it means the food and products are likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging.

2. We can sometimes get to try before we buy

Major retailers have the advantage of economies of scale and can afford to slash prices and offer reduced costs. However, it’s easy to waste money on products we end up not actually liking. We can hardly crack open a bottle of fizz in a supermarket aisle and do a quick taste test, or check if an apple is crunchy by taking a big bite. Neither can we do this online. At independent retailers, however, it’s easier to ask to sample a product. We can also have regular tasting events.

1. Competition

A marketplace that have many small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. If we support our local products, we are supporting and encouraging our local communities for innovation. This in the future will lead the local communities to be able to compete with the quality of the imported products. However, according to mission of the week program by PNN TV, many Cambodians seem to give more value to the products that are imported such as fruits, vegetables, snacks, or drinks which is why many small local industries can’t compete with the imported products. The main reason is because, we, ourselves, don’t support our own local products.

Conclusion

In order to ensure sustainable development in Cambodia and secured cash flow in our Country, I strongly wish you understand and come back to support our local products and businesses.

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