Buy from The Local Global Village!
That's right, buy from authentic farmers from wherever they are!
I'm sick of all this buy local stuff. This is pure marketing for local chambers of commerce. Reducing everything to it being "local" is both nonsensical and finally jingoistic. This is a country with a long history of Buy America First, anti-immigrant riots, racism and xenophobia. To now watch seemingly responsible journalists, restaurateurs and wine folks argue to buy "locally" as if they discovered the secret to eternal life is beginning to make me sick.
Europe has centuries of agricultural tradition and diversity that predated modern transport. It I take a car ride three hours north, south, east or west of my home in historic Poil Rouge, I land into a whole other world of cuisine and wine. Why? Not because of local farmers with PhD's who have set-up boutique operations, but because those separate cultures have a history beyond the phrase "carbon footprint." Those traditions have been there for centuries and are still struggling to exist despite standardization. But look hard enough and you can find them easily enough.
Local does not mean good. Local does not mean authentic. Local does not mean artisan. Local is a quantitative, not qualitative judgement. Thank goodness, my choices in cheese are not limited to what is made locally, let alone wine, produce, fish and meat. If it is good and local and the locals are accessible and need support than I am happy to support them. The important thing for me is what the quality of their work is, not where they are located.
I've had enough of this nonsense. Simpleminded calls for local goods and low carbon footprint miss the point, the more important thing is what is the local quality in each area. Of course, no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
alas, i'm having a hard time coming up with a country that doesn't have "Buy [insert country name here] First, anti-immigrant riots, racism, and xenophobia" as part of their jingoistic national psyche. and our history is only 232 years old, whereas we can all think of other countries have been at this sort of stuff much longer.
I agree with your sentiment Joe, although I'm not quite as angered by the "buy local" movement as you are. I do try to buy local when local is good, as it is here for many, many types of food. So I try to avoid most out-of-season vegetables that are grown here successfully. But if I was doctrinaire and strictly adhered to buy local, I'd miss too many good things, like great wine and cheese. In a parallel vein, a friend, who was involved in the Scottish film scene, said years ago when the Scottish government was pushing to create a Scottish film industry: what the country doesn't need is a bad Scottish film industry.
cage match between michael pollan and joe dressner? i'm betting on joe.
i always consult my local doctor! the sheriff
I think buying from local doctors tends to limit one's choices. Co they grow kohlrabi? Or purslane?
Good, 'cuz civic mindedness aside, Marechal Foch just plain sucks with a cherry on top.
too bad the local on the upper east side wanks so much. mebbe if'n you lived in the country joe you'd feel diffren...
It is about supporting community. We each have a sphere of influence and that influence does not necessarily have to be global. I would never limit my choices by excluding other locations that make great cheese and great wine, but I would rather first support my local community in the hopes of forming a friendship and possibly inspiring another local to carry the torch. The world is so big and yet so small. Your narrow thinking is just as bad as the opposite opinion.
my harpoons are from japan. the exchange rate is killing me. ahab.
Joe, are you saying, for example, that if Didier and Catherine decided that they'd prefer to make wine from grapes trucked in from Rioja, you'd be down with that as long as it was good wine?
Oh come on Joe, tell us what you really think:)
Boy, if you, the California resident, thinks the stuff in your grocery looks drab from long hauls, imagine what it's like here on the east coast where so much of our stuff is trucked in from your state. So, for example, I gorge on asparagus during the short growing season here, and skip it when it's shipped here from California or Peru. Ditto for green beans, zucchini (well, I don't gorge on that), peas, corn, etc, all of which we buy directly from farmers. And the same for California wines :-). I prefer mine to arrive by boat from the other direction.
local honey is an antibiotic but honey from far away is much less so.....its very important to support organic local farms over mass agro-organic + it is true that it helps keep the carbon footprint low so one can eat air freighted truffles, raw smuggled cheese, great wines etc.....balance but down with chemical food (and wine)