19 Dec '11, 12pm

3 Reasons Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Local Food

3 Reasons Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Local Food

It’s no wonder that economists like Sexton worship the concepts of specialization and comparative advantage – they make perfect sense in a perfect world. Unfortunately, our world is not perfect. There are many problems with specialization, starting with the fact that it is always about money as Evan Fraser and Andrew Rimas explain in their book, Empires of Food . They explain that in the US, specialization created a food regime that is defined by “the creation of huge, unnatural monocultures – massive regions of the planet devoted to single strains of crops, kept alive only by the flowering toxicity of agrochemicals.” Rural geographers, they add, call this “spatial homogeneity.”

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