Slow Food USA Blog

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

Honeys on the Ark of Taste, A Sweet Defense of Biodiversity - Part One

Aug. 26, 2014

Biodiversity is at the core of a food system that is good, clean and fair, and to illustrate this point, we’ll follow the production of some of the sweetest items on the Ark of Taste: honeys!

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Celebrating and Preserving Livestock Genetic Diversity

Aug. 18, 2014

The list of names of the more than 100 Slow Meat delegates reads like a Who’s Who of the sustainable food animal world. Many are farmers, ranchers and veterinarians who are working to preserve endangered breeds of livestock and poultry.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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