The prompt doesn't seem to specify which side of the argument that you should take, so definitely figure out if you want to argue for or against locally grown food. There are definitely arguments for or against it. One argument is that buying locally grown foods helps to support local...
The prompt doesn't seem to specify which side of the argument that you should take, so definitely figure out if you want to argue for or against locally grown food. There are definitely arguments for or against it. One argument is that buying locally grown foods helps to support local business and industry. Your money goes to support the people that live and work around you. However, that same argument can be used for imported foods. The people that stock and sell those imported brands are likely people that live in your area as well. Employees of grocery stores likely live in town. If everybody bought food from farmer's markets, then those grocery stores are in danger of having to cut employees.
Another argument is that locally grown foods are likely fresher. There is some validity to that argument, but the transportation and packaging industries are amazing at this point, and it is possible for a fruit or vegetable to be picked in one country and appear for sale on shelves in another country within a week.
A third argument could be that consuming locally grown foods is healthier. This is not an argument that I would use because studies vary wildly on verifying this claim. If you are stating that it is better to buy imported, you might consider finding some of the studies that exist that refute the claim that local foods are healthier.
In favor of imported foods could be the argument that buying imported foods gives a person access to foods that are simply not available for purchase from local sources.
Regardless of which argument you favor and what your supporting evidence is, your paper needs to grab reader attention right away. Start the paper by asking your reader a question. This kind of start requires your reader to engage the question and come up with possible answers. That reader is engaged and more eager to read about what your answer to the question is. The other attention getting tactic I recommend is to use a bold statement designed to get an emotional response out of the reader. Saying something like buying imported foods is dangerous might be a solid attention getting statement.
Somewhere in the first paragraph, I would include your thesis statement. The writing prompt indicates that the essay should discuss the opposing arguments, so the thesis needs to alert readers to the fact that the paper is going to do this. Use a double sided thesis statement that starts with the word "although." This will force an argument and counter-argument to appear in the thesis statement. For example: "Although buying imported foods is an easy treat, it is more important to buy and consume locally grown foods."