Locus Focus on 05/06/13
REBUILDING THE FOODSHED
We live at a time of transition: when factory-farmed food from the other side of the world crosses paths with organics raised at a local CSA (community-supported agriculture). The question many ask is: which direction leads us to a more sustainable and just food future? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with farmer and college professor Phillip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed. Our discussion will challenge both “locavores” in their contention that everything local—because it is local—is best, as well as those who hold that only huge, global systems can deliver food sufficient to feed our hungry planet.
Phillip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, in Vermont, where he established the college's farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He and his wife Erin began their homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont sixteen years ago.