The Locavore's Dilemma : In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet, Hardback Book

The Locavore's Dilemma : In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet Hardback


A new generation of food activists has come to believe that"sustainable farming" and"eating local" are the way to solve a host of perceived problems with our modern food supply system.

By combining healthy eating and a high standard of environmental stewardship, these locavores think, we can also deliver important economic benefits and increase food security within local economies. But after a thorough review of the evidence, economic geographer Pierre Desrochers and policy analyst Hiroko Shimizu have concluded these claims are mistaken.

In The Locavore's Dilemma , they explain the history, science, and economics of food supply to reveal what locavores miss or misunderstand: the real environmental impacts of agricultural production the drudgery of subsistence farming and the essential role large-scale, industrial producers play in making food more available, varied, affordable, and nutritionally rich than ever before in history.

At best, they show, locavorism is a well-meaning marketing fad among the world's most privileged consumers. At worst, it constitutes a dangerous distraction from solving serious global food issues. Deliberately provocative, but based on scrupulous research and incontrovertible scientific evidence, The Locavore's Dilemma proves that: ? Our modern food-supply chain is a superior alternative that has evolved through constant competition and ever-more-rigorous efficiency. ? A world food chain characterized by free trade and the absence of agricultural subsidies would deliver lower prices and more variety in a manner that is both economically and environmentally more sustainable. ? There is no need to feel guilty for not joining the locavores on their crusade.

Eating globally, not only locally, is the way to save the planet.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages
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  • Category: Food & society
  • ISBN: 9781586489403



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