Weekend Reading: The Eat Local Backlash
Tom Philpott has a great Grist column this week on The Eat Local Backlash.
The column seeks to address articles and op-eds in the Economist and New York Times suggesting that eating locally produced foods can have more of an environmental impact than consuming mass produced (and far traveling) food from the supermarket.
In a sense, these high-profile rebukes are good news: they herald the arrival of the sustainable-food movement as a pop-culture phenomenon. Just as you're not really famous until you've been rumored to be gay or on drugs, a movement hasn't come into its own until it's drawn a formidable entourage of detractors.
Philpott argues that the local versus long distance food dichotomy is a false one, suggesting a regional diet as a sensible middle ground. While we've been making the most of local foods this summer with our CSA share, we think his approach makes lots of sense.
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Posted by Jess Brooks at August 17, 2007 11:22 AM