How the Local-Food Movement Is Helping Solve the Problem of World Hunger
As Congress gears up to debate the issue of hunger in the 2012 Farm Bill, some have come to the surprising conclusion that the real problem with the food system is those idealistic, asparagus-hugging, slow-food-savoring locavores. Don't believe it. The local-food movement is a hopeful development in the battle against hunger, both at home and abroad. In a recent Foreign Policy article, Charles Kenny derides government support for local-food initiatives like the 104 farmers markets in Washington state. He acknowledges such funding represents a measly 0.00025 percent of the total, but is concerned about the growing cultural clout of what he characterizes as "misguided, parochial Luddism." He writes, "... these First-World food fetishes are positively terrible for the world's poorest people," because they supposedly push up the price of food. Judith Warner at Time followed su...