Check out this blog posting by my friend Andrew Potter, Dawn Of The Loco-Wars.
Andrew admits to his, well, let’s say skepticism, about the local food movement. Then he makes this qualified concession:
But if there’s one “benefit” I’ve been willing to concede it’s that contributing to the local economy is something that some people get off on. And while it is an intuition I don’t share — I really don’t see why my moral obligation should be to give my money to someone who lives within 100 miles of where I happen to live — it’s a morally arbitrary line that I’m happy to let other people indulge in.
Except that even this is probably not as harmless as it seems. The “love of ones own” over distant others is little more than parochialism, and as a recent story from the New York Times attests, the latent xenophobia is never far from the surface….
Here’s the NYT story Andrew links to: The Pride and Prejudice of ‘Local’
(p.s. Andrew’s new book, The Authenticity Hoax, is excellent.)