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Locavore backlash

(article, Culinate staff)

Has the heyday of the locavore ended? In his new book, [%amazonProductLink "Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly" asin=031603374X], James McWilliams argues that locavorism is nothing more than an elitist escapade. And the Freakonomics guys over at the New York Times — who've pooh-poohed locavores before — seem to agree with him.

But Kerry Trueman (of the blog Eating Liberally) argues otherwise on AlterNet: "The valid points that \[McWilliams\] does make — organic doesn't necessarily mean toxin-free, biotech could be a boon in noncorporate hands, aquaponics offers a sustainable source of protein — get lost in this cynical, sales-grabbing shuffle . . . It's too bad, because, sandwiched between the caricatures of loco locavores and McWilliams's hey-ho-GMO cheerleading, lies the meat of the matter: we can't go on eating animals at our current consumption levels, regardless of whether they're raised in factory farms or on grass."