The locavore’s dilemma : in praise of the 10,000-mile diet by University of Toronto professor Pierre Desrochers and his wife, Hiroko Shimizu, is a controversial book on food and agriculture. The authors argue that most of the gains the world has made in food security have come from the evolution of small-scale agriculture to corporate-driven agribusiness. Desrochers and Shimizu believe that multi-nationals like McDonald’s and Walmart have made food both safer and cheaper. After reviewing the evidence, the authors believe that sustainable farming and eating local will not solve problems with our current food supply system.
Not surprisingly, this book has generated some controversy. For an interesting discussion on it, read an article which appeared in Maclean’s magazine.