New book offers alternate view of the 100-mile diet

Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:58:00 AM


The Locavore's Dilemma book cover
Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu.  2012. The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet. Public Affairs. 288 pages. (Published June 2012.)

Today's food activists think that "sustainable farming" and "eating local" are the way to solve a host of perceived problems with our modern food supply system. But after a thorough review of the evidence, Professor Pierre Desrochers (Geography, U of T Mississauga) and Hiroko Shimizu have concluded that these claims are mistaken. In The Locavore's Dilemma they explain the history, science, and economics of food supply to reveal what locavores miss or misunderstand: the real environmental impacts of agricultural production; the drudgery of subsistence farming; and the essential role large-scale, industrial producers play in making food more available, varied, affordable, and nutritionally rich than ever before in history. They show how eliminating agriculture subsidies and opening up international trade, not reducing food miles, is the real route to sustainability; and why eating globally, not only locally, is the way to save the planet.

Pierre Desrochers
is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga who writes frequently on economic development, globalization, energy, and transportation issues. He was a senior research fellow at Duke University Center for the History of Political Economy.
Hiroko Shimizu majored in Chinese history at Gakushin University and holds a master's of public policy from the University of Osaka. Desrochers and Shimizu have both been research fellows of the Property and Environmental Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


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More information on Professor Desrochers, visit his homepage.