Locavore Doesn’t Mean “Eat Locals”

Locavore is a new book (if you read as slowly as I do) by Toronto food writer Sarah Elton ( CBC Radio’s Here & Now). It’s a good book — published locally without pesticides or antibiotics, low-fat and high in fibre — but the title could be misleading.

An herbivore (“a” herbivore? now there’s something to fight about) eats herbs, a carnivore mangia il roastbeef, an omnivore eats a family car “specially designed for India”. So I opened this book expecting to learn something about how to take nutritional advantage of people in my neighbourhood. Sure the Emersons are lovely people, but could they be an important part of my diet?

Turns out “cannibalism” isn’t even in the index. Locavore is about choosing, when the choice is there, to buy food that is produced closer to home. Why is that such an important thing to do? Read it yourself, you lazy bugger!

Locavore by Sarah Elton

Locavore, by Sarah Elton

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Filed under book reviews, conscious consumption, food, sustainable

2 responses to “Locavore Doesn’t Mean “Eat Locals”

  1. Dave MacIssac

    Now THAT is clever writing. It’s nice to read someone who isn’t afraid to alienate some readers by displaying a warped sense of humour. Too much of the media is watered down so as not to offend anyone, and when you try to please everyone, the result is gutless and bland. Bravo!

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