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Reflections, insights and news about the food movement and “going Slow”

Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy

Jul. 30, 2014

It is 77 degrees in the pasture where my sheep and their lambs are grazing contentedly on the tall grass whose roots reach deep into the soil, carrying water to the otherwise dry surface. Tall grass helps ensure pasture health and ultimately the health of my sheep. At the same time, the temperature in my kitchen is 119 degrees. I remove a dozen baguettes from the oven and prepare to load eight pain au levain. 

read more... Tags: Farms and Farming


What Farm-to-Table Means for the Next Generation

Jul. 16, 2014

This summer, I took my passion for "farm-to-table" to a place it's never been aired before: America's most-loved cooking competition, Food Network Star.

read more... Tags: Cooking, Farms and Farming, Film/TV/Radio


An Interview With Preserving Maven Sherri Brooks Vinton

May. 22, 2014

Sherri Brooks Vinton has been knee-deep in the Slow Food movement for more than a decade. In fact, Sherri credits Slow Food USA for helping to guide her through complicated issues and inspiring her to write the "Put ‘em Up!" preserving series. We caught up with Sherri last week to talk about her latest book in the series: "Put’em Up! Preserving Answer Book."

read more... Tags: Biodiversity, Farms and Farming, Food Justice, News, Current Event


In Search of Diversity, Taste and Tradition

May. 22, 2014

I’ve been cheating lately on my intimate relationship—the one I have with Italian food. As a master student at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, I have an unfailing passion for food and relish the opportunity to indulge in the incredible Italian cuisine that surrounds me. Yet for dinner last week I swapped out eggy tajarin al ragù for Israeli shakshuka and challah, and a few days later, I opted not to have a morning cappuccino and freshly baked cornetto at the local Caffè Converso, in exchange for a Hungarian chocolate pastry called kakaós csiga. Should I feel ashamed? The traditionalists I live amongst in the town of Bra may question these out-of-the ordinary foods, but here at UNISG, it is all part of the learning experience.

read more... Tags: Biodiversity, Farms and Farming, Food Justice, News, Current Event


We Are Not Luddites

May. 21, 2014

In the SFUSA Food News we have featured a number of recent articles that address the shrill and troubling tone that accompanies the GMO debate. Our side sends out plumes of smoke to alert consumers to the dangers of polluting our food supply with untested and unproven GMOs. The other side accuses us of Malthusian desires to starve the planet. Though we may find the science that supports our side compelling, it is safe to say that consensus about the safety of eating foods that contain GMOs does not yet exist. Consider what is to be learned from global warming debates. Overwhelming consensus among scientists about rising temperatures persists. And yet, the public relations campaigns to stymie policy changes have kept meaningful change at bay.

read more... Tags: Biodiversity, Farms and Farming, Food Justice, News, Current Event


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