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February 14, 2012

Hastert Center Event: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet

Pierre Desrochers

On Wednesday, February 22, author and professor Pierre Desrochers will present a lecture titled, "In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet: How the Globalized Food Supply Chain Benefits our Economy and Environment."

The lecture, which is sponsored by the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy, will take place at at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 22.

Dr. Desrochers is a well-known critic of the locavore movement. He recently co-authored The Locavore’s Dilemma, which critiques the ethos of the "eat local" movement as a solution to global food issues. The book has been described as a feisty, scrupulously-researched deconstruction of the "eat local" ethos. In it, Desrochers and co-author Hiroko Shimizu argue that opening up international trade rather than reducing food miles, is the real route to sustainability. They suggest eating globally, not only locally, is the way to save the planet.

Desrochers is an associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University and a Julian Simon Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center.

This lecture is free and open to the public. The website for the Hastert Center is www.wheaton.edu/hastertcenter.