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.”
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'."
This often acerbic, thoroughly researched, yet controversial title provides much food for thought on the often oversimplified but ever complex issue of food miles.”
Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu have produced an excellent book on a topic of great current interest.
Unfortunately, the authors of this book seem to have determined to mostly ignore it, perhaps because much of it goes against their own ideological assumptions.
That said, I don't know what it is about economists (or in this case, two economic policy analysts as they call themselves).
It's nice to read a book debunking this myth that local food is better and big business is somehow making us less healthy.Published 1 month ago by Mark Cummings
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This particular book makes it clear that when it comes to food, things are not always as they might appear. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
At first glance, eating local and eschewing distantly grown/processed/transported foods seems to make a lot of sense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aardvaark
This book appears to describe the dichotomy of local vs. global food production and supply. On the one hand, the production of local food is very beneficial, (arguments provided). Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Wayne Dworsky
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Being in the nutrition field, I get tired of hearing the same old stuff -- eat only plants, grow your own food, eat only from local sources, etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sally
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