Buy Local to Build the Local Economy

Whatever we spend money on multiplies. When you spend money at WALMART or STARBUCKS, they open new stores. When you shop at local outlets — and local coffee shops — your money multiplies local spending and businesses.

In his book Eat Here, Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, Brian Halweil points out that local crops bring more dollars to the local economy than imported crops, stating: “A study by the New Economics Foundation in London found that every £10 spent at a local food business is worth £25 for the local area, compared with just £14 when the same amount is spent in a supermarket. That is, a pound (or dollar, peso, or rupee) spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. The farmer buys a drink at the local pub; the pub owner gets a car tune-up at the local mechanic; the mechanic brings a shirt to the local tailor; the tailor buys some bread at the local bakery; the baker buys wheat for bread and fruit for muffins from the local farmer. When these businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.”

Imagine the multiplying effect of spending money in our own community.

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme Donuts are national franchise corporations whose local outlets serve as MONEY PUMPS. Their purpose is to PUMP MONEY out of the local community, back to corporate headquarters for distribution to stockholders.

When you buy a McDonald’s burger, you send money to California. When you buy a SONIC burger, your money stays in Oklahoma. When you buy Krispy Kreme donuts, your money goes to Georgia (or wherever). When you buy confections at locally-owned stores and the money stays here.

PRATT FOODS tries always to buy Oklahoma produce, and hires people who really need work. J.B.Pratt pushes organic foods and health foods too.

Support your local businesses and economy. Buy local whenever possible.