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A New Argument for the 10,000-Mile Diet: Is Locavorism a Crock?

From economic arguments to environmental impact, a new book argues against eating local.

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu, a Canadian husband-and-wife team (he's an economic geographer, she's a policy analyst) is out to upend the turnip cart. The local food movement is badly misguided, they say. In their new book, they've outlined what they call the five essential myths of locavorism: the nurture of social capital, a boost to the local economy, a low environmental impact, safer and more nutritious food, and greater food security, and assembled academic arguments they believe punch those "myths" full of holes. Desrochers told the Toronto Star:

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An Economist's Food Rules: Forget Local Food, Avoid Meat, Eat More Carrots

In his new book, an economist offers an unorthodox set of tenets for eating well while improving the world.


“Food people need to pick their issues,” says Tyler Cowen, an economist, blogger, and connoisseur of cheap, ethnic eats in the Washington, D.C., metro area. “I think the issues that are important to pick are meat and antibiotics.”

Issues that are not important, in Cowen’s view? Eating local, going organic, eliminating GMO crops.

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