Raising Questions about the Organic, Local Movement in the West

July 12, 2010

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Glistening vegetables on the front cover of Paarlberg's newest book

On our occasional seriese Food Mondays, we look at issues affecting our food system. Today, we'll spend most of the hour with Robert Paarlberg.

He's a professor of political science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. His latest book is Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Paarlberg takes issue with Western attitudes about food in ways that might surprise you. He says the West's embrace of organic and sustainable farming has eclipsed the bigger problem of poverty and hunger in the developing world.

He details his argument in a recent article in Foreign Policy magazine, "Attention Whole Food Shoppers."

Jerome asks him to explain the connection…