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Year 7, Book 36 [Jun. 7th, 2012|07:12 pm]

36. The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet by Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu

I have read any number of books such as Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and several of Michael Pollan's books as well as watched movies such as Food, Inc. that extol the virtues of eating diets based on local food so I thought it was a good idea to read something that makes the opposite argument. The authors examine the history, science, and economics of the food supply to argue that eating globally is actually much more beneficial than eating locally. I am not in disagreement with many of the arguments. I enjoy eating locally from the many farms located near me but also realize that this is not a sustainable way to feed a global population nor am I adverse to eating food that cannot be grown where I live. However, I did not find the writing in this book to be very engaging. The authors are two academics, which lends them credence in their arguments but which does not result in them writing in a way that will engage a broader audience in the ways that Kingsolver and Pollan have done. I give it a 6 out of 10.