The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet
Pierre Desrochers, Hiroko Shimizu


'Eat local' has become the mantra of a new generation of food activists. Implicit in the locavore agenda is the belief that it combines healthy eating and a high standard of environmental stewardship. But evidence tells us that these claims are mistaken and suggests that, at best, locavorism is a marketing fad that severely distorts the environmental impacts of agricultural production. At worst, it constitutes a dangerous distraction from the true environmental impact of modern food production, the risk to food affordability, and the economic welfare of developing countries. The Locavore’s Dilemma offers the first book-length debunking of the locavore perspective. Deliberately provocative, but based on incontrovertible evidence, The Locavore’s Dilemma challenges some well-meaning but ultimately mistaken ideas.