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Over 150 op-eds and columns in, among other outlets, The American, Tech Central Station, PERC Reports, Ideas on Liberty, Salon, The Daily Beast, Spiked!, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Reader's Digest (Canada), L'AGEFI, LeMonde.fr, all major Quebec newspapers and several Quebec-based electronic outlets.

- Food policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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 Shimizu, H. 2010. "Le mythe de l’autosuffisance." L'AGEFI, October 14, 2010.

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

Desrochers, P. 2010. "L'achat local sauvera-t-il la planète?" Libération, May 12, 2010.

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

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

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

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers. 2009. "Buy Global." Reader's Digest (Canada), June 2009, pp. 70-74.

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

Desrochers, P. 2002 "Free-Market Environmentalism," Laissez Faire Books,  April.

Older columns on the topic can be found in Le Québécois Libre archives.


- Environmental debates

Desrochers, P. 2013. "Greed Is Green: How the Profit Motive Helps the Environment." The American (April 19).

Desrochers, P. 2012. "The real story of Silent Spring." Spiked.com, September 28.

Desrochers, P. 2010. "Il capitalismo ecologico." La Valle del Siele, December 21.

Desrochers, P. 2010. "Earth Day: Humanity — Earth’s best friend." National Post, April 22.

Desrochers, P. 2010. "Le capitalisme écologique." Cyberpresse.ca, April 22.

Desrochers, P. 2009. "Deconstructing The Population Bomb." PERC Reports (online edition) 27 (3) (September).

Desrochers, P. 2009. "World Population Day: Malthus lives!" (with Andrew Reed), National Post, July 10.

Desrochers, P. 2007. "Climat : le protocole de Kyoto est-il efficace ?" La Tribune, December 11.

Desrochers, P. 2006. "Having your Environmental Cake and Eating it Too!" Le Québécois Libre, November 5.

Desrochers, P. 2006. "A Poverty of Reason: A Manifesto Against Sustainable Development." Le Québécois Libre, July 9.

Desrochers, P. 2006. "Que penser de la simplicité volontaire? Un courant marginal." Protégez-vous, January 1, p. 21.

Desrochers, P. 2005. "Le Protocole de Kyoto: un coup d'épée dans l'air," Le Québécois Libre, December 15.

Desrochers, P. 2005. "La pollution, c’est du gaspillage!," Le Journal de Québec, 28 avril 2005, p. 15

Desrochers, P. 2005. "One Man's Waste Is Another Man's...?" Tech Central Station, April 22.

Desrochers, P. 2003. "Regulatory Roadblocks to Turning Waste to Wealth," Ideas on Liberty, September, pp. 20-22

Desrochers, P. 2003. "'Planned Chaos': Industrial Waste Recycling in Communist Countries," Ideas on Liberty, August, p. 25.

Desrochers, P. 2003. "The Unsustainable Politics of 'Natural Capitalism'," Ideas on Liberty, June, pp. 20-23.

Desrochers, P. 2003. "Saving the Environment for a Profit, Victorian-Style," Ideas on Liberty, May, pp. 32-35.

Desrochers, P  2003. "Le progrès économique et l’environnement sont indissociables," Le Soleil, Avril, p. A-13.

Desrochers, P. 2003. "OPINION: Profit-making is good for the environment," The Gazette, April 22, p. A-25.

Desrochers, P. 2003  "Greed is green," Financial Post, March 29, p. FP-11.

Desrochers, P. 2002. "La forêt menacée?," La Presse, February 28, p. A-15.

Older columns on the topic can be found in Le Québécois Libre archives.


- Urban and economic development

Desrochers, P. 2011. "Growing the Next Silicon Valley? The State Vs Spontaneous Order" Polit.ru Lecture Series, April 8 (in Russian).

Belzile, Germain and Desrochers, P. 2010. "Il n'y a pas de pénurie de logements au Québec" multilogements.wordpress.com, 15 juillet.

Belzile, Germain and Desrochers, P. 2010. "Facts regarding the so-called housing shortage" www.iedm.org, July 14.

Belzile, Germain and Desrochers, P. 2010. "Il n'y a pas de pénurie de logements au Québec" www.cyberpresse.ca, 14 juillet.

Desrochers, P. 2002. "Shattering shelter myths," The Gazette, June 29, p. B-7.

Kelly-Gagnon, M. & P. Desrochers. 2002. "Échec à la pauvreté: Le projet de loi antipauvreté constitue-t-il un pas dans la bonne direction? Non, la situation des ménages moins favorisés s'est beaucoup améliorée au fil des ans," La Presse, June 18, p. A-15.

Desrochers, P. 2002. "
Quelques mythes sur la banlieue," La Presse, March 17, p. A-13.

Desrochers, P. 2002. "
FORUM / L'étalement urbain n'est pas une tragédie," La Presse, January 9,  p. A-13.

Desrochers, P. 2002. "Debating urban design," The Globe and Mail, January 9, p. A-11.

Desrochers, P. 2001. "Cités industrielles: une politique à revoir," La Presse, October 22,  p. A-17.

"The Secret Past of Recycling," PERC Reports, September 1999.

Older columns on the topic can be found in Le Québécois Libre archives.


- Energy policy

Shimizu, Hiroko and Pierre Desrochers. 2014. "Earth Hour: Cheap, abundant electricity is one of Earth's best friends." The Drill (March 26): A7.

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers. 2014. "The Inconvenient Truth about Green and Alternative Energies." The Drill (February 26), A9.

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers.2014. "Let the Tight Oil Crude and Oil Sands Bitumen Flow." The Drill (January 29), A4.

Desrochers, P. 2014. "How carbon fuels kept the third horseman in check - Modern transportation & food security." The Drill (January 01), B8.

Shimizu, H. and P. Desrochers. 2013. "Fears of hydraulic fracturing - Hype over substance?" The Drill (November 27), B8.

Desrochers, P. 2013. "Apocalypse Not. How Carbon Fuels have Greened our Planet." The Drill (September 30), B1.

Desrochers, P. 2013. "Oil is not an Addiction. It's a Beneficial Nutrition for People and the Environment." The Drill (September 25), B1.

Desrochers, P. 2013. "Reclaiming the Moral High Ground (Epstein's New Energy Primer)." MasterResource (July 8).

Desrochers, P. 2007. "Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power." Le Québécois Libre (December 9).

Desrochers, P. 2003. "Le prix élevé de l’essence: qui est responsable?," La Presse, February 27, p. A-15.

Older columns on the topic can be found in Le Québécois Libre archives.
 

Policy Papers and Longer Essays


- Food Policy

"The health, environmental and economic benefits of palm oil" (with Hiroko Shimizu), Institut économique Molinari, Economic Note, September 13, 2012.

"L'huile de palme : avantages sanitaires, environnementaux et économiques" (with Hiroko Shimizu), Institut économique Molinari, Economic Note, September 13, 2012.

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

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

Desrochers, P. and Shimizu, H. 2010. "L’autosuffisance alimentaire n’est pas gage de développement durable." Institut économique Molinari, Research Paper, October 5.

Desrochers, P. and Shimizu, H. 2010. "L’autosuffisance alimentaire n’est pas gage de développement durable." Institut économique Molinari, Economic Note, October 5.

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

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

"Yes We Have No Bananas: A Critique of the Food Mile Perspective" (with Hiroko Shimizu). Mercatus Policy Series, Policy Primer No. 8, October 2008.


- Energy and Environmental Issues

"The Economics of Petroleum Refining: Understanding the business of processing crude oil into fuels and other value added products" (with Philip Cross and Hiroko Shimizu), Canadian Fuels Association, December 2013.

"Innovation and the greening of Alberta's oil sands" (with Hiroko Shimizu), Montreal Economic Institute, Research Paper, October 11, 2012.

"Comment l'innovation rend les sables bitumineux de l'Alberta plus verts" (with Hiroko Shimizu), Institut économique de Montréal, Cahier de recherche, 11 octobre 2012.

"Forget 'Unfettered' Markets... It is Unfettered Governments that are No Friends to the Environment" (with Andrew Reed), C2C: Canada's Journal of Ideas, vol. 3, no. 1 (July 2009), pp. 8-17. (PDF version)

"The Invisible Green Hand" (with Andrew Reed). Mercatus Policy Series, Policy Primer No. 7, October 2008.

Concilier profits et environnement: le recyclage des déchets industriels dans une économie de marché [in English: Reconciling Profits and Sustainable Development: Industrial Waste Recycling in Market Economies], Institut économique de Montréal, Research Paper, April 2005.

Reconciling Profits and Sustainable Development: Industrial Waste Recycling in Market Economies, Montreal Economic Institute, Research Note, April 2005. 

Comment la recherche du profit améliore la qualité de l’environnement? [In English: Profitability and Sustainable Development: Are They Really Mutually Exclusive?] Research Paper, Institut économique de Montréal, April 2003.

Comment assurer le développement durable de nos forêts? [in English: Institutions and Sustainable Forestry Practices]. Research Paper, Institut économique de Montréal, March 2002.


- Urban and Economic Development

Quelques mythes sur les causes de la crise du logement [in English: Some Myths about the Quebec Housing Shortage] Research Paper, Institut économique de Montréal, May 2003.

Comment résoudre la crise du logement au Québec? [in English: How to Solve the Quebec Housing Crisis?] Research Paper, Institut économique de Montréal, July 2002.

Les " Cités ": une politique efficace pour la nouvelle économie? [in English: The "Cités": A Sensible Policy for the New Economy?] Research Paper, Institut économique de Montréal, October 2001.

"Excludability, Creativity and the Case Against the Patent System," Economic Affairs, vol. 20, no. 3 (September 2000), pp. 14-16.

 

Review Essays


I have written a few review essays, i.e., somewhat lengthy critical discussions of other people's writings, that I think can be of some interest to a non-academic audience. Here are my favorites:

"The Post War Intellectual Roots of the Population Bomb. Fairfield Osborn's Our Plundered Planet and William Vogt's Road to Survival in Retrospect" (with Christine Hoffbauer). Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 1, issue 3 (Summer 2009), pp. 73-97.

"The Death and Life of a Reluctant Urban Icon." A Review Essay on Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary by Alice Sparberg Alexiou (Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006). Journal of Libertarian Studies, vol. 21, no. 3 (Fall 2007), pp. 115-36.

 

Book Reviews


A few non-gated book reviews that might be of interest to non-academics.

Review of Sex, Science and Profits by Terence Kealey (William Heinemann, 2008). Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 1, issue 3 (Summer 2009), pp. 111-114.

Review of Marc Levinson's The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger (Princeton University Press, 2006), Independent Review, vol. 12, no. 1, (Summer 2007), pp. 146-149.

 

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