Signature Lecture: "Homegrown or Flown-In: Is Local Food Always Best?"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 7:00 PM
CIGI, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Oct 22

Fred Pearce, Environmental Consultant and leading contributor to New Scientist Magazine in conversation with Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems, Balsillie School of International Affairs. This is a free event. Free parking available.

About Fred Pearce as stated by Thomas Homer-Dixon
"We all agree, don't we?  Eating local food is best.  We should cut out buying all that fruit and vegetables flown across the world to our tables.
Except well, don't we also think that we should help Africa with "trade not aid"?  Spot the contradiction?  Fred Pearce went in search of the people who grew green beans flown to his home town from Kenya in East Africa. And he came back convinced that, sometimes, we should be buying the imported stuff. That kind of talk doesn't make Fred a lot of friends among his fellow-greens. But that's the strength of his new book: Confessions of an Eco  Sinner. He travelled the world to find out where his stuff came from and isn't afraid to take on the sacred cows of the green movement. This is ethical shopping for grown-ups."Fred Pearce and Thomas-Homer Dixon will both present, followed by a conversation and Q&A period. Thomas Homer-Dixon will moderate.

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