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Book

The Locavore's Dilemma - In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet by Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu, PublicAffairs, 2012.
 

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My UTM colleagues credit me as having been their inspiration for the 2009 interdepartmental pumpkin carving contest... (Click to enlarge)

Shorter Texts


Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2013. "Beyond Locavorism: Food Diversity for Food Security (carbon-fuel transport remains essential)." MasterResource (February 22, 2013). (French translation)

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Debating Locavores: Food to Energy to Smart Action (response to critics)." MasterResource.com (August 10).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Manger local est-il raisonable? Pas évident!" International Center for Research on Environmental Issues - ICREI (August 6).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Local food movement leads to less security." TheStar.com (July 8).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Point of View: Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu on the Locavore's Dilemma." Geographical, no. 84, vol. 7 (July), p. 77.

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "The Locavore's Delusion." Fraser Forum (July-August).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Taking on the Locavores." Le Québécois Libre (June 15).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Taking on the Locavores." Freedom Forum (June 7).

Shimizu, H., and P. Desrochers. 2010. "‘Food miles’: il dilemma degli attivisti e una scomoda verità." La Valle del Siele, November 11.

Desrochers, P. and Shimizu, H. 2010. "La souveraineté alimentaire n’est pas gage de développement durable." www.iedm.org, October 16.

Shimizu, H., and P. Desrochers. 2010. "Food Miles: The Local Food Activists’ Dilemma (a global warming inconvenient truth)." MasterResource, October 15.

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2010. "L’autosuffisance alimentaire n’est pas gage de développement durable." LeMonde.fr, September 29.

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2010. "L’autosuffisance alimentaire n’est pas gage de développement durable." Institut économique Molinari, Economic Note, October 7, 2010.

Shimizu, H., and P. Desrochers. 2010. "Will buying food locally save the planet?" Montreal Economic Institute, Economic Note, February 16.

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2010. "L’achat local de nourriture sauvera-t-il la planète?" Institut économique de Montréal, Note économique, 16 février.

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers. 2009. "Buy Global." Reader's Digest (Canada), June 2009, pp. 70-74. (no link)

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers. 2008. "Buy Global - The 'Food Mile' Perspective Severely Distorts the Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Production." National Post, November 7.
 

More Substantial Pieces

Desrochers, P. 2013. "The Locavores Delusion. Truer Advertising for the Local Food Debate." Fair Observer (September 21).

Desrochers, P. 2013. "The Politics on our Plate (Debate with Sarah Elton)." Literary Review of Canada (July-August).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Locavores or Loco-vores?" The American Magazine (September 18).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Liberated from gruel and mush." Spiked (August 23).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Book Excerpt: Why eating 'global' is more sustainable than eating 'local'." National Post (August 22).

Guest Blog Post. Sand and Feathers (Lenore Newman). July 8, 2012. (Reply to Deconstructing The Locavore's Dilemma: A response to Pierre Desrochers. Sand and Feathers, July 8, 2012).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Why Locavorism Doesn't Make Us Happier, Healthier, or Safer." The Daily Beast (July 1st).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Eating local hurts the planet." Salon (June 16).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Tribalism and the Local Food Movement." Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada (April 12).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2012. "Tribalismo E Localismo Alimentare." Movimento Libertario (April 16) (translation Luigi Pirri).

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. 2010. "L’autosuffisance alimentaire n’est pas gage de développement durable." Institut économique Molinari, Research Paper, October 7, 2010.

Desrochers, P. and H. Shimizu. "Arguments contre la souveraineté alimentaire et l'agriculture de proximité: essai de synthèse historique." Possibles, vol. 34, no. 1-2 (été 2010), pp. 191-228 (invited submission).

Desrochers, Pierre. 2010. "A Critique of the 'Food Miles' Perspective." In Max Falque and Henri Lamotte (eds). Climate Change and Air Pollution: Property Rights, Economics and Environment. Brussels: Bruylant, pp. 129-146.

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers. 2008. Policy Primer "Yes We Have No Bananas: A Critique of the Food Mile Perspective." Mercatus Policy Series, Policy Primer No. 8, October.
 

Shorter texts (Pierre)

Desrochers, P. 2013. "Locavorism Vs Resource Efficiency." MasterResource (July 18).

Desrochers, P. 2013. "Les souverainistes alimentaires font fausse route." iedm.org (March 25).

Desrochers, P. 2010. "L’autosufficienza alimentare non è garanzia di sviluppo sostenibile." La Valle del Siele, October 29.

Desrochers, P. 2010. "La spesa a km 0: una moda effimera." La Valle del Siele, October 25.

Desrochers, Pierre, and Sarah Elton. 2010. "Local food: Is it good or bad?" The Globe and Mail, March 17.

Desrochers, Pierre. 2010. "Local Food: A Fad that won't Last." CBC Commentary, February 15.

Desrochers, Pierre. 2010. "La souveraineté alimentaire et l'achat local: Une mode éphémère." Commentaires de Radio-Canada, 15 février.
 

Shorter texts (Hiroko)

Shimizu, H. 2012. "Huile de palme : pas si mauvaise que ça." La Tribune (September 13).

Shimizu, H. 2010. "In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet." PERC Reports: Vol. 28, No. 1, February.
 

Papers under preparation

Hiroko and I are currently working on the following projects:

          • a paper explaining in more detail the economic rationale behind the historical emergence of our globalized food supply chain;
          • a history of previous "buy local food" movements going back a few centuries, along with reasons why they all failed in the long run;
          • a critique of the main arguments of the new generation of food activists.
 

Bios

 
HIROKO SHIMIZU was trained as an economist in one of Japan's premier universities. She holds a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Osaka. She has studied and worked at several academic institutions and private companies in Canada, Japan, China and the United States where she was, among others things, an International Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and a Research Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center. She has travelled worldwide to over 30 countries. Based on her international experiences and observations, she describes her policy approach as "applying global common sense" to politically correct but ultimately mistaken ideas. She has been published in three languages (Japanese, English and French) in both the academic and popular literature.
 
  PIERRE DESROCHERS is Associate Professor of geography at the University of Toronto. His main research interests are economic development, technical innovation, business-environment interactions, and energy policy and food policy. He maintains a detailed website at http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/desrochers/.

His detailed CV can be found at http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/desrochers/cv.htm.

High resolution photos of both Hiroko Shimizu and Pierre Desrochers can be found here.

 

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