Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Andra Day $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services gotS5 gotS5 gotS5  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation STEM Toys & Games
The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $26.99
  • Save: $8.40 (31%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
The Locavore's Dilemma: I... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Library copy in excellent shape! Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed! Stored, sold and shipped by Amazon. Tracking number provided in your Amazon account with every order. From a trusted seller. **NO HASSLE RETURNS**
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet Hardcover – June 5, 2012

46 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$6.23 $2.40
"Please retry"

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
Check out a featured book in Politics & Social Sciences by Timothy Snyder Learn more | See related books
$18.59 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet + The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Price for both: $29.05

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews


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,
“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,
“Desrochers … delivers a serious warning to the fetishization of local agriculture as the magic bullet that will solve our food problems.”

Bookloons“There is plenty of food for thought in this unconventional, provocative look at how we should go about feeding the masses. The authors…make some very interesting points and raise concerns that must be addressed.” NATURE Magazine
“The book’s strength lies in the cheerful ruthlessness with which the authors chal­lenge sloppy thinking, special pleading and the lazy logic that assumes that ‘local’ must be ‘best’"
The Locavore’s Dilemma is an ideal weapon in countering the enormous quantities of metaphorical organic manure that pass for evidence in the modern debate about food.”

The Times Literary Supplement
“[The authors] are right to question the limits of 'local'... We certainly need a more sophisticated metric than 'food miles'."

Library Journal
“This often acerbic, thoroughly researched, yet controversial title provides much food for thought on the often oversimplified but ever complex issue of food miles.”

About the Author

Pierre Desrochers is an associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto who writes frequently on economic development, globalization, energy, and transportation issues. He was a research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. Hiroko Shimizu holds a master’s of international public policy from Osaka University. Desrochers and Shimizu have both been research fellows of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586489402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586489403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Grennes on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu have produced an excellent book on a topic of great current interest. They ask what are the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining food from local sources versus more distant sources. This issue has been with us since agriculture was introduced in the Neolithic Period, and current issues related to the use of carbon have given it a new twist. The authors successfully use clear logic and extensive empirical data to contribute to an ongoing discussion that has at times deteriorated into emotional outbursts. The case in favor of commercial agriculture and long-distance trade is based on substantial differences in growing conditions within and across countries. By obtaining food from locations where production per unit of land is greater, consumers are more prosperous and land is saved. For example, cutting down forests to clear land for agriculture was a serious problem in the past, and it remains a problem in low income countries today. But the benefits of high productivity agriculture today have contributed to reforestation in the United States and most high income countries. In many poor countries (Haiti is an extreme example), much of food production is for local consumption, productivity of land is low, and deforestation and soil erosion are serious problems. This is one of many issues the authors address applying basic principles of geography and economics.

The book is clearly written for an audience of non-specialists. However, it provides extensive references for the benefit of skeptics or readers who want to pursue more technical aspects of the subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Fred's not here on July 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book hoping for an unbiased, critical analysis of modern agriculture and food production methods. What I got, for the most part, was a diatribe against the `elitist' local food movement and those whom the authors' refer to as "agri-intellectuals."

Pure and simple, this is a rebuttal of Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma. It pits ominvore versus locavore; Pierre Disroachers and Hiroko Shimizu versus Michael Pollen; farmer's market versus supermarket; local farmer versus agri-businesses.

The authors' would have you believing that the supermarket and agribusiness are under siege by the local food movement. In fact, all of modern civilization is in peril. "The road to agricultural, economic, environmental, and food safety and security hell, we conclude, was paved with allegedly fresher and more nutritious local meals." [Preface, xxiv]

The bulk of "Locavore's" argument is based on historical record and economic factors. From the historical perspective they ask: If local subsistence farming is so great, why is it no longer widely practiced? Answer: improved technologies have made it obsolete. from the economic perspective: a cheaper tomato at the supermarket is every bit as good as the expensive tomato at the local farmer's market. Tomatoes all being the same, the cheaper one makes more sense.

As a philosophy for feeding the world, "Locavore" makes some valid points. Subsistence farming as practiced in developing nations is nothing like the gentleman farmer's notions of living off the land; it's backbreaking work with little reward. There are worthwhile discussions regarding topics such as "food miles -- the distance food travels from the location where it is grown to the location where it is consumed.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Pasour Jr. on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pitfalls of Locavorism
E.C. Pasour, Jr.
Desrochers and Shimizu have produced an interesting and highly readable analysis of what is called locavorism--the idea that an ever increasing portion of our food supply should be produced close to those who consume it. Blake Hurst, a commercial farmer and current president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, sets the tone for what follows in the Preface to The Locavore's Dilemma. It is Hurst's contention that this book attacking the tenets of locavorism would not have been necessary in a more rational world. However, it is clear that the book was needed-- locavorism is accepted "hook, line, and sinker" by the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture: "In a perfect world, everything that was sold, everything that was purchased and consumed would be local, so the economy would receive the benefit of that" (p.5, my emphasis). This ignores the importance of comparative advantage and trade--including international trade. Everything we eat in the United States, including exotic tropical fruits, can be produced domestically. Cost considerations aside, climatic conditions can be simulated for any place in the world! The practical question is which foods should be produced locally and which should be shipped in from other areas of the U.S. or other countries?
Locavorism emphasizes the shortcomings of high tech agriculture. At the same time, it stresses sustainable, organic, local, and ethical initiatives in food production and marketing. Most of the book is devoted to rebutting what the authors identify as five myths of locavorism: (1) it nurtures social capital; (2) it delivers a free lunch; (3) it heals the earth, (4) it increases food security, and (5) it offers tastier, more nutritious, and safer food.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet
This item: The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet
Price: $18.59
Ships from and sold by