The Locavore’s Dilemma

“If you take the local food movement to its logical extreme, people who live beyond their local food chain are essentially parasites,” explains economic geographer Pierre Desrochers, co-author of the book The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet.

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

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24 comments

Mary Mattarelli
Mary Mattarelli3 years ago

Thank you

Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Interesting, thanks.

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W.3 years ago

what a daft subject to write a book about. Of course local food is better, but no-one to my knowledge has said "if it's not available then starve or become malnourished". To me it seems obvious - if you need food that IS available that's locally grown, then you buy that over an import.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Food has become sooooooooooo complicated.

Mit Wes
Mit Wes3 years ago

I remember watching PBS's Frontier house series. This was about a group of families forming an 1880's community in Montana from early spring until mid fall. They were given initial provisions and farm animals but had to rely mostly on what they raised and grew to eat. They did have days where their kids complained bitterly about their hunger.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/29/arts/television-review-frozen-tired-hungry-ah-the-good-old-days.html

One's let's get our food local plans can really be ruined by a 9 inch snowfall in June on top of the region's crops.

There was one silver lining. This social experiment did stave off obesity for all involved, perhaps too well.

june t.
june t.3 years ago

eating is not as simple as it used to be...

Kathleen Cazander

Thanks

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Chris for the video.

Angie B.
Angela B.3 years ago

I grow my own and hang out at the local farmer's markets every summer. I feel lucky that I'm able to utilize my land to feed my family.

Lucille Mullen
Lucille Mullen3 years ago

If I didn't raise it or grow it myself I do my best to buy locally produced whenever possible. My mother always said that charity begins at home. I believe that supporting my relatives and neighbors by buying from them is a good way to give back to my community. I also sell some of my surplus to them, or give it away if someone is in need.