No, Walmart, that is not what "local" means
Clambering aboard the "buy local" trend undoubtedly helps Walmart's marketing, but, as Missouri-based National Public Radio journalist Abbie Fentress Swanson reported in February, "there's little evidence of small farmers benefiting, at least in the Midwest." Walmart, which defines "local" as grown in the same state, has increased its sales of local produce mainly by relying on large industrial growers.
So, Marin County grapes are "local" in San Diego? Aroostock county potatoes "local" in Portland? Long Island oysters "local" in Buffalo? Do tell! (I guess if you've got a global supply chain this could actually make sense: Local with respect to Planet Earth!
And besides fucking over the local farms in favor of big growers, there's another aspect...
And dammit, I can't find any linky goodness! I recall the argument being made that local food -- food from one's own foodshed -- was better for your immune system, because it was more likely to contain the local allergens and the other -- to use the scientific nomenclature -- "stuff" that your immune system needs to build up immunity too. But teh Google yields complete #FAIL. Did I dream this? Readers?