Monday, July 16, 2012

The Locavore Dilemma

"Eat Local" has become the mantra of a new generation of food activists. Implicit in the locavore argument is the belief that it combines healthy eating and a high standard of environmental stewardship, while delivering important economic benefits and increasing food security within local economies. University of Toronto Professor Pierre Desrochers seriously questions the locavore perspective. Desrochers, in his new book, The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet concludes that "eating local" actually delivers increased social and economic misery, environmental degradation, greater food insecurity, and poorer nutrition. How is this possible?

Here's my conversation with Pierre Dersochers:

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