The concept of "Eating Local" is gaining in popularity every year. The movement is more recently getting connected to the crisis of global warming: the idea being that if you ship your food in from thousands of miles away, a large amount of fossil fuels are used in production of that food. (And in a reciprocal argument, the theory is that if you buy from the local grower in your own home town, transportation costs, for example, are drastically cut down.) Critics, however, say "eating locally" restricts selection and is more costly to the consumer. And now, there's new research that locally-grown food isn't as economically-friendly as we once thought. Joining us this morning is writer James McWilliams, a fellow in the agrarian studies program at Yale University. He calls himself a "localvore -- but recently wrote a much-talked about article demystifying the "eat local" movement.
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Podcast Date: 11/20/2007