- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs (June 5 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586489402
- ISBN-13: 978-1586489403
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet Hardcover – Jun 5 2012
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from the Foreword by Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau
In large parts of the world, local trumps science, and people suffer as a result . Desrochers and Shimizu take the idea of local food to the back of the barn and beat the holy livin' tar out of it. In a more rational world, their defense of what is so clearly true would not be needed. However, our world is not rational, and most of what passes for thinking about food is as full of air as an elegant French pastry.”
Ronald Bailey, Reason.com
Desrochers and Shimizu demonstrate that the debate over food miles is a distraction from the real issues that confront global food production.”
Desrochers is the scholar's scholar. In an age where few read all important material on all sides of their subject, this professor stands out.”
Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, sspp.proquest.com
Desrochers delivers a serious warning to the fetishization of local agriculture as the magic bullet that will solve our food problems.”
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I think however that they are making shortcuts like implying that if our supply chain evolved the way it did, it must be for the best and inherently optimal or not addressing how the assumed benefits of a global food chain are not necessarily redistributed fairly.
My worst gripe is the overall patronizing tone of the book (the entire prologue can be read with a mocking whiny voice) and overuse of "airquotes". I think it does the message a disservice and make it unpleasurable to read
In any case, it is good to read a well argued case for one side of an issue in order to form a balanced opinion, and the outhors of this book do that very well.
While analytically convenient, dismissing the rapid depletion of the key input to contemporary agriculture and global trade fundamentally undermines the value and validity of their book. This oversight is a bit ironic given that the authors’ charge that locavores “fail to take a broad enough look at the relevant issues to understand some inherent shortcomings of their prescription” (pp. 87-88).
While the Locavore’s Dilemma is a useful corrective to weak arguments for changing agricultural practices, it obscures the more salient issue: globalized food production will be unsustainable within the next 30 years and public policy ought to encourage us to alter what we produce and consume (and how we produce and consume it). Locavorism offers one model; perhaps there are others? Ignoring this issue does readers (and society) a disservice.
So while I would think the idea of exploring this subject matter could be very worthwhile, I can NOT recommend this book as worth the money or time spent.
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