Are locavores severely misguided?

That’s the premise of an impressive new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma, In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet, by Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu.

I’ll be debating with Pierre on Friday noon (June 29). See details below.

I’d be interested in your key point(s) of rebuttal to the authors’ extremely-rigorously researched contention that “at best, locavorism is a well-meaning marketing fad among the world’s most privileged customers… at worst, it’s a dangerous distraction from solving serious global food issues.”


A debate on the merits, and misunderstandings, about the “eat local” food movements that are challenging the way we think about the global food supply.

Peter Ladner:
Author, The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities

Pierre Desrochers:
Author, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet

Friday, June 29, 2012
The Vancouver Club
11:45 am Registration & Casual Lunch
12:15 pm Debate
1:30 pm Back to work!

By phone: 604-922-5324 x 103
By email:

Register Online:



About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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