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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 81 of Pierre Desrochers’s and Hiroko Shimizu’s excellent 2012 book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet; this is a volume that quite effectively exposes the mistaken history, the annoying pretentiousness, the counterfactual assumptions, the camouflaged self-interest, and the very bad economics that are at the heart of the movement for foods that are alleged (wrongly) to be ‘sustainable, organic, local, and ethical’:

“Protecting” the farmland that surrounds large cities from “urban sprawl” (in other words, preventing residential, industrial, and commercial development on agricultural land) through strict zoning is equally problematic.  While restricting development might suit the sensibilities of people who already own residential property in thriving cities, it also unavoidably drives up housing prices, thus affecting disproportionately people of more modest means and newcomers (to say nothing of farmers’ children who would like to get out of this line of work and cash in on the family property.