The 10,000 Mile Diet vs. the Locavores

By Mark T. Mitchell for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

The Atlantic has an on-line piece debating the virtues of the locavore movement. An economist named Pierre Desrochers is promoting his book titled The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet. Not surprisingly, he received a warm welcome at The Cato Institute. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Desrochers’ environmental arguments are the most interesting. But he has equal faith that these same economies of scale deliver us safer food, food that’s engineered to be more nutritious, and a more secure global supply of it – all benefits that locavores threaten. He sums all of this up with a dramatic slide warning that locavorism will lead inevitably to higher costs and greater poverty, no environmental and social benefits, less food security and nutrition, and significant penalties for developing economies.

In the audience afterward, one man raises his hand and wants to know what concerned citizens can possibly do about all these urban chickens reintroducing disease into the city.

“In the end, I throw up my hands in despair,” Desrochers says. “In the end, someone will have to die.”

h/t Stewart Lundy

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