Directions: After reading the passage below, fill in the blanks to make the passage coherent and grammatically correct. For the blanks with a given word, fill in each blank with the proper form of the given word; for the other blanks, used one word that best fits each blank.
Why do environmentalists advocat e (21) _______ people “eat locally?” I don’t understand the connection between patronizing local food producers and environmental quality.
In our modern age of food preservatives and additives, genetically (22) _______ (alter) crops and outbreaks, people are increasingly concerned about the quality and cleanliness of the foods they eat. (23) _______ (give)the impossibility of identifying the pesticides used and the route taken to grow and transport, say, a banana from Central America to our local supermarket, foods grown locally make a lot of sense for those who want more control over (24) _______ they put into their bodies.
John Irked, a retired agricultural economics professor (25) _______ writes about the growing “eat local” movement, says that farmers who sell direct to local consumers need not give priority to packing, (26) _______ (ship) and shelf-life issues and can instead “select, grow and harvest crops to ensure peak qualities of freshness, nutrition and taste.” Eating local (27) _____