This summer, two Canadian authors produced a book called The Locavore’s Dilemma. It asked some tough questions about why the local food trend is a problem and why it will ruin Canada. Maclean’s goes into discussion about this book and its arguments.
I found that the arguments made are very extreme in a sense that it doesn’t understand where the local foodies are attempting to go with regard to local food.
For instance, Maclean’s describe The Locavore’s Dilemma as a book that argues “far from making our communities healthier and more sufficient, the local food movement will destroy our economies, ruin out environment and probably lead to more wars, famine and incidences of food poisoning.”
Extreme as that is, they also see that local food is a romantic idea of living off the land, that it would only produce a narrow scale of food, and that it will cost extreme amounts of money to stay local.
“Food activists would rather turn back the clock on those modern developments, close the doors to trade and return to a world where families toiled their land, pesticide and fertilizer-free, and then squeaked by on what they earn from selling their goods at the local famer’s market,” said Maclean’s.
This is impossible. Most people are concerned about where their food comes from for a couple of reasons: concerns with food additives for making safe travel, concerns with ethical food growth, and supporting the local economy. They might even be concerned about the concept of food miles and how much it costs our environment to transport food. Unfortunately here in Canada, we don’t have the luxury of growing mangos, passionfruit, or bananas. Instead we buy them from the grocery store. But when our food is in season, such as strawberries or corn, you just can’t beat the succulence and flavour of locally grown items.
Even free-range meat puts our mind at ease about the consumption of meat. Animals are raised and killed humanely, and that may be a reason for people to choose that route.
I think the average person is looking to balance their diet with local food as well as imported fair trade food, but as for the other things that are impossible to get that way, we just get it somewhere else. The idea of being mindful of what you are putting into your body is the most important aspect of the local food movement. Maclean’s ultimately agrees.
You Can check out the full article here: Is Local Food Bad for the Environment?