If we agree that economic relocalization is important and desirable, including relocalization of food, there are several approaches that can be taken. This film illustrates an all-or-nothing approach for a limited period of time, an experiment to see how difficult it is. What concerns me about this approach is that many people will see the film and think, 'Yecch: blood, mud, and moose nose! I'm never going to be able to live like that. Forget local food.' I think it would be more inspiring and constructive to see if a family could live on say 60% local food on a long-term basis. Could they take it up to 80% local without serious experience of deprivation? How hard would it be to expand beyond food, to clothing and other consumer goods?
I liked when the mother (Suzanne?) raised the issue of public subsidies for long-haul transportation infrastructure rather than an infrastructure for local self-sufficiency. Indeed, our non-local distribution system is a creature of public subsidies and legal protections that favour big business, as I argue in my 'What is Capitalism?' article.