Slow Food USA Blog
Reflections, insights and news about the food movement and “going Slow”
Apr. 18, 2014
Frustrated over Arizona politics, questions continue to run through my head: Who are we to judge? Who is anyone to say how someone else perceives individual feelings of identity or deny someone’s basic needs of comfort, satiety and happiness? These same questions at times leave me to doubt my current career choice as a good food advocate. But it was the inspirational words of fellow advocate Will Allen, whom I recently heard say in the 2009 documentary “Fresh” that connected all the dots. Allen said, “Food is at the foundation, but it's really about life.”
Apr. 16, 2014
Founder and President of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, says he is concerned about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations going on right now between Europe and the United States. He says if the current agreement is passed, "... our everyday food system, which already lends itself to drastic and surreptitious change, will continue to become even more disconnected from the purview of the people."
Apr. 15, 2014
For the Lockhart Family Farm, the American Mulefoot Hog is the perfect pig. The woodland farm has little pasture and lots of brush. One of the hardiest swine breeds, the Mulefoot has a long bristly black coat and an exceptional layer of fat to help them withstand even the harshest conditions. Their non-cloven hoofs makes them especially suited for wet and marshy ground, but makes it very difficult to keep them on hard surfaces. With relatively small litters of 5-6, they are fantastic mothers. The sad thing is that these unique characteristics that make it suited to our farm are some of the reasons it has nearly been driven it to extinction.
Apr. 3, 2014
What could be more Slow Food than the cocktail? To this day I can only name one other authentically American endeavor that makes the grade — barbecue. Since I was invited to help announce the launch of Slow Food USA’s latest campaign, please humor me as I simply focus on the origins of the cocktail.
Apr. 3, 2014
Slow Food St. Louis’s Biodiversity Micro Grant Program has been supporting the preservation of food biodiversity in the St. Louis food system since 2009. To
date, it has awarded over $55,000 in micro grants to more than 45 small-scale, local farmers, supporting the cultivation of more than 300 heirloom varieties and heritage breeds.