Deleuze and Guattari provide a theoretical paradigm uniquely fitted for thinking through the significance of the locavore movement in conjunction with the contemporary social system of corporatism. Their schizoanalysis draws links between environmental, social, political, and economical elements yielding a coherent, if supple and flexible theory of life on earth. This rhizomatic view can not only account for the complexity of life, but also point us in alternative directions, which can lead to effective changes of paradigm. Locavorism may well be one of these directions.
Whereas this article does not aim to provide a comprehensive genealogy of local eating, it must acknowledge that locavorism still constitutes a living tradition for many peoples around the world, while many others still attempt to rescue and revive nearly lost local culinary gems. The focus of this essay resides on the most recent incarnations, ones whose declared aim is to transform local eating from a habit in danger of extinction into a line of flight, aimed at moving, pushing, or maybe only nudging the ever-expanding plane of immanence of corporatism in a different direction.