The Locavore's Dilemma

In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet

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Hour 2:           Could eating locally-produced food actually be worse for the environment, the economy, and our health? We’ll talk this hour with Pierre Desrochers, associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto and co-author of “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet” (PublicAffairs, 2012).

  • David

    Unfortunately this guy loses a lot of credibility when he says organic is no better than non-organic.  Firstly a molcule is a molecule is not the point – the point is that we don’t want to eat food with chemicals sprayed all over them – then we have additional molecules that are not meant to be eaten and for which we do not have in our bodies and probably cause disease.  Secondly, he quotes a study which is sponsored by big food – he talks about specialists who are unfortunately not independent of the influence of rich corporations that dominate our food chain.  Sad

  • James A Morris

    I think that where people are horrified of “factory farming” is with the jamming of thousands of animals into space that would normally only hold 10′s or 20′s and the use of prescription drugs to keep them alive and from beig sick.  I do not think that there is any doube that there are economies of scalle that make the CAFO model attractive.  It is just the horror that is the animal’s life and don’t we owe them more?

  • James A Morris

    I think that where people are horrified of “factory farming” is with the jamming of thousands of animals into space that would normally only hold 10′s or 20′s and the use of prescription drugs to keep them alive and from beig sick.  I do not think that there is any doube that there are economies of scalle that make the CAFO model attractive.  It is just the horror that is the animal’s life and don’t we owe them more?

  • Bandman01

    Not sure I’m a believer with this one….

    • James A Morris

      I think that there are valid points on both sides.  But I feel more like eating a bunch of tomatoes that were grown together than a bunch of chickens filled with antibiotics,stacked over each other in their own excrement.

      • Bob

        Where on earth do you get the idea, Mr Morris, that the chickens we eat are “stacked over each other in their own excrement”? Broiler chickens are not grown in cages, but on the open floor. Check it out.

  • Bandman01

    Not sure I’m a believer with this one….

    • James A Morris

      I think that there are valid points on both sides.  But I feel more like eating a bunch of tomatoes that were grown together than a bunch of chickens filled with antibiotics,stacked over each other in their own excrement.

      • Bob

        Where on earth do you get the idea, Mr Morris, that the chickens we eat are “stacked over each other in their own excrement”? Broiler chickens are not grown in cages, but on the open floor. Check it out.

  • http://www.bfs-usa.com/ Sam

    This is a fascinating interview and brings up many valid points that I have never considered before. I am going to Amazon to buy the book.

  • http://www.bfs-usa.com/ Sam

    This is a fascinating interview and brings up many valid points that I have never considered before. I am going to Amazon to buy the book.

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