I’m with Bob Dunning on this locavore business. Such a nice piece of tongue-in-cheek writing that also has much substance.
Yes, the concept of getting our food from local sources is a terrific ideal. But it is one that is severely limited by what you can grow where and when. Depending on the season, I get a lot of my peaches, plums, strawberries, bell peppers, grapes and tomatoes from Chile, Argentina or Mexico, not to mention Salinas, Ventura, San Diego and Yuma, Ariz.
As Bob notes, like it or not, we are part of a global agricultural system. I like it, because it gives me and my family choices and healthy food year-round. To achieve a real locally sustainable food system, we would have to go back to the early 19th century — before refrigeration, railroads and trucks — when people ate local but with far less variety and quality than today.