How locavores could save the world? Posted on March 23, 2010 3:20 PM by Andrew Felix Salmon vs. Freakonomics, round 2. See here and here (my comments here). I don’t think the two sides are directly communicating with each other–yet.
My favorite part was Salmon's clever analogy:
"Big agriculture companies like DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), of course, have an answer to this problem: genetically engineered crops that are resistant to disease. But that answer is the agricultural equivalent of creating triple-A-rated mortgage bonds, fabricated precisely to prevent the problem of credit risk. It doesn't make the problem go away: It just makes the problem rarer and much more dangerous when it does occur because no one is — or even can be — prepared for such a high-impact, low-probability event."