argylesock says… Here are some very interesting thoughts. It’s worth following the links, asking yourself whether you ‘eat local’ and if so what that’s really like. One thing I’d like to point out, though, is the wrong assumption that genetic modification (GM, genetic engineering) offers the only solution to flooding. No it does not, as I described recently in celebrating Scuba rice, a biotech crop which is not GM.
I just came across this review of a book called “The Locavore’s Delusion”, and yes, it is a nod to that other book, in case you were wondering! The authors of the book tried to answer the question: why did we start eating a more global diet anyway? The article gives a summary of reasons that most people offer for opting to eat local: more tasty, nutritious, helps local economy etc , and the most often cited reason: it is good for the environment. This has been the subject of much discussion (some of which I wrote about here) and the point at issue is that the contribution to greenhouse gases comes more from the actual cultivation of crops rather than their transportation.
The answer the authors provide to the query, why did global food trade develop, is that it provides increased variety of foods, reduced prices and stability of…
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