Yesterday Soil Sister appeared in the Strib's Variety section. We are introduced to a moral paragon--an organic farmer turned writer--Atina Diffley. While unthinking slobs price-shop for food, more thoughtful individuals are loving Mother Earth, sustaining themselves on locally-grown, chemical-free vegetables and such.
Diffley, now a 'consultant' who exercises at a gym but has made peace with war paint, has a passion for 'filling people's plates with delicious, healthful food' and 'protecting the land that produces such food.'
The article provides no evidence that organic foods taste better or are more healthful than conventionally-grown alternatives--or that today's organic farmland will be preferred in the future. Seeking out locally-grown agricultural products does not constitute an effective strategy for addressing global warming--and probably isn't even an important component thereof.
Purchasing organic foods and adopting a localvore food-purchasing strategy is about signalling: Telling others--and reminding oneself--what kind of person you are. It is a means of status elevation--hence people don't really care whether the ideology in fact extends life, benefits land or ought to be promulgated even in poor regions where food is extremely scarce.
The Strib implicitly endorses Diffley's dubious spiritualist assertions, while marshaling no persuasive evidence on their behalf.
To the dustbin!