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Giving Local Food the Raspberry August 6, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in Food Culture.

In April, Tyler Cowen took a few glancing blows at local food in An Economist Gets Lunch, and last month, Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu—two Canadians trained as economic-policy analysts—released The Locavore’s Dilemma, an all-out assault on local food in which they seek to “slaughter as many sacred cows in the food activists’ intellectual herd as [they] could.” But by focusing on local food, they end up arguing against problems that barely exist or that never will, while ignoring the real environmental costs of our food systems.

via Giving Local Food the Raspberry.

<<This is a good review of this book, challenging the flimsy and central assumptions based on straw men. The bigger questions are addressed as well. Locavore as a word could become a marketing term. I argue that it already has. In a way similar to the commercial coopting of “Organic” locavore is being snatched up, and the upscale clientele of the patrons isn’t helping. It leaves you wondering at the appeal of local food if that just means “more expensive” to most people. It makes me long for days of hope and seed bombs and empty lots…>>>



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