Locavorism, Permaculture, and Thinking about the Global/Local.

April 20, 2012
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Locavorism and the Danger of the Local

If veg*ns really care about the environment, should they eat sustainably raised local meat, as argued by Michael Pollan in his book The Omnivores Dilemma? What is the locavore movement and what does buying local mean?

We have with us Vasile Stanescu, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University in the Program of Modern Thought and Literature. We discuss an essay he wrote entitled: “‘Green’ Eggs and Ham? The Myth of Sustainable Poultry and the Danger of the Local”, in which Vasile uncovers and clarifies the trend of localvorism.

Vasile argues that locavores express a falsely nostalgic desire to return to a nonexistent past, wherein they express or ignore issues of sexism, racism, speciesism, homophobia and anti-immigration sentiments which an emphasis only on the local, as opposed to the global, can entail.

 

Permaculture, Nature, and Animal Labour

Delving deeper into the themes of the local and veganism, we talk to Erin Innes. She is a radical educator, permaculture activist, and cultural changemaker. Her background in anti-capitalist and environmental justice struggles informs her practise of Permaculture as a radical realignment of human social processes with the living earth that we are a part of. In 2008, Erin started the Farmhouse Farm, Vancouver’s first bike-powered backyard Community Supported Agriculture project. She turned the lawn of this rented home into a farm that provided produce to the Farmhouse’s five residents as well as to five other families across the city, delivered once a week by bicycle.

With Erin, we explore exploring what permaculture means today and how it relates to veganism, local eating, and social justice. She explains how permaculture involves non-human animals in labour that challenges many vegan conceptions of just relationships with animals. Much like Vasile, Rin helps complicate our ideas of veganism and caring for animals when we start thinking about how we relate to and use the local and global environment.

Listen to this show here.

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