Digest – Commentary: Pollan on “sustainability,” more locavore perspectives

starPollan is nice and green, naturally: Michael Pollan uses two of this year’s alarming crises — Colony Collapse Disorder in bees and drug-resistant staph (MRSA) that may originate from antibiotics fed to hogs — to illuminate, in his usual elegant way, the breakdown of our cheap-food system, and to warn against the cheapening of the word "sustainability." (NYT Sunday Magazine)

What is it exactly about locavores that irritates people so much?: Yet another news flash that the “food miles” concept (transportation) is only one piece of calculating the environmental impact of what we eat. Oh, and guess what? We locavores are depriving more-sustainable African farmers of a market — and by the way, only an industrialized food system can feed the world. Yawn. (New York Times)

"Hunters are the original locavores": Author Steven Rinella says that hunters need to get rid of the taint of Dick Cheney and canned hunts, and work on re-establishing their original values of land stewardship, and harvesting indigenous, free-ranging food. We can’t wait for the Times followup oped, about how if you drive your SUV into the wilderness you’re fouling your carbon footprint. (New York Times) Related: Strategic sharpshooters, not hunters, will be used to cull elk in Rocky Mountain National Park and Hunters find ducks are arriving later


2 Responsesto “Digest – Commentary: Pollan on “sustainability,” more locavore perspectives”

  1. valereee says:

    Why is it that all the critics of eating locally can’t get beyond the fact that there’s more to eating sustainably than simply counting the miles the food has travelled? Of COURSE there’s more to it than that. No one is arguing that there’s some simple equation. Myriad factors contribute. Duh.


  2. Emily says:

    *snort* Murphy isn’t even using logic in her arguments, let alone data. It’s infuriating. A huge cargo ship may “do pretty well” in terms of efficiency, but comparing it to an SUV going to the farmers’ market is silly. That SUV would be going to the grocery store, too – and is it better to then buy food that has traveled 15 miles from a local farm, or 15,000 miles to the ocean port, then 1500 miles by large truck or train to a distribution center, and then perhaps 15 more miles by small truck to the supermarket?