Here's a thoughtful reply to the recent op-ed piece in the NYTimes criticizing "locavorism" (I swear there was a thread on it, but I can't find it, here's the link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/opi...).
"Next year, Congress will start debates over the Farm Bill, that legislative behemoth that shapes how our food is grown, processed, and distributed. There's money in there to revitalize local and regional food systems, to move our food supply from governance by fiat to something more democratic. Will the money be used for these purposes? That's up to us.
Budiansky laces his op-ed with mischaracterizations of all kinds, but the one I find most egregious is his accusation that the local foods movement is based on "arbitrary rules" and "do-gooder dogmas." In reality, this movement is not about rules or dogmas, but about values. Last time I checked, democracy was pretty fundamental to this nation's evolution -- a value that all but the most curmudgeonly of us should be able to get behind."