How Local Is “Local”?

Are Lay’s, the potato chip brand of the PepsiCo-owned Frito-Lay, “local”? Yes, if you consider Earth-made chips “local,” as opposed to, say, those manufactured on Io or Nereid. Otherwise, Slate’s Dan Mitchell has a point: Major food companies are trying to cash in on buzzwords to which they don’t have much claim. As Mitchell writes, “‘locavores’ will be the first to tell you that keeping food local is just one part of creating a sustainable food system. If local food is grown using nasty chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, its localness is beyond irrelevant.”

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