The Locavore's Dilemma

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-06-05
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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Today's food activists think that "sustainable farming" and "eating local" are the way to solve a host of perceived problems with our modern food supply system. But after a thorough review of the evidence, Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu have concluded that 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. They show how eliminating agriculture subsidies and opening up international trade, not reducing food miles, is the real route to sustainability; and why eating globally, not only locally, is the way to save the planet.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xxi
Introduction: SOLE Foodp. 1
The Globalization of the Food Supply Chain and Its Discontentsp. 17
Myth #1: Locavorism Nurtures Social Capitalp. 41
Myth #2: Locavorism Delivers a Free Economic Lunchp. 59
Myth #3: Locavorism Heals the Earthp. 87
Myth #4: Locavorism Increases Food Securityp. 107
Myth #5: Locavorism Offers Tastier, More Nutritious, and Safer Foodp. 141
Well-Meaning Coercion, Unintended Consequences, and Bad Outcomesp. 163
Conclusion: Let Them Eat Global Cake!p. 183
Epiloguep. 189
Notesp. 193
Indexp. 241
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