Friday, August 21, 2009

New Book - Where Locavores Get it Wrong

Science Friday today featured a feeble "debate" between James McWilliams, author of the new book "Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly," Michael Pollan and Brian Halweil.

I was disappointed that none of the guests pointed out how silly it is to lump all pesticides and transgenic crops into a single category - as opposed to evaluating them individually by their unique properties - but overall I was glad to hear a more nuanced discussion of sustainability in agriculture then we are usually subjected to.

It's encouraging that the talking heads are making some progress towards a more sophisticated and accurate view of the world.

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