Eating local food has become a mainstream proxy for virtue and a reliable model of sustainable dieting. It suffers, nonetheless, from genuine criticisms and limitations. In this paper we suggest theoretical amendments to reorient the local food movement and turn eating local into a robust concept—comprehensive, coherent, and inclusive, affording a firm grip over structural aspects of the food chain. We develop our argument in three parts. The first contends that “local” can be said of lots of entities (e.g., whole or multi-ingredient foods, recipes, menus) and that its meaning varies depending on which entities are under consideration. The second examines three dimensions of being local: the distance from the place of production; the geographical origins; the social links to consumers and producers. The third presents our robust conception of eating local, grounded on a more realistic model that accommodates for heterogeneous and complex communities.

Eating local: A philosophical toolbox / A. Borghini, N. Piras, B. Serini. - In: THE PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY. - ISSN 0031-8094. - (2021 Jul), pp. 1-25. [Epub ahead of print] [10.1093/pq/pqab039]

Eating local: A philosophical toolbox

Borghini, Andrea;Piras, Nicola;Serini, Beatrice
2021-07

Abstract

Eating local food has become a mainstream proxy for virtue and a reliable model of sustainable dieting. It suffers, nonetheless, from genuine criticisms and limitations. In this paper we suggest theoretical amendments to reorient the local food movement and turn eating local into a robust concept—comprehensive, coherent, and inclusive, affording a firm grip over structural aspects of the food chain. We develop our argument in three parts. The first contends that “local” can be said of lots of entities (e.g., whole or multi-ingredient foods, recipes, menus) and that its meaning varies depending on which entities are under consideration. The second examines three dimensions of being local: the distance from the place of production; the geographical origins; the social links to consumers and producers. The third presents our robust conception of eating local, grounded on a more realistic model that accommodates for heterogeneous and complex communities.
food ontology, food identity, food ethics, local food, locavorism
Settore M-FIL/01 - Filosofia Teoretica
Settore M-FIL/05 - Filosofia e Teoria dei Linguaggi
Dipartimenti di Eccellenza 2018-2022 - Dipartimento di FILOSOFIA
16-lug-2021
THE PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY
https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqab039
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