Slow Food USA Blog
Reflections, insights and news about the food movement and “going Slow”
Nov. 14, 2013
Wheat seems to be everywhere, but very little heritage wheat or other locally-produced grains have made it into re-localized food systems. Compared to the astounding successes in the recovery of heirloom vegetables and fruits as well as heritage livestock and poultry, the production and acceptance of heritage grains have lagged far behind.
Nov. 12, 2013
Kirikou is a young boy, bursting with curiosity. When something bad happens in his village, the elders blame the evil witch Karaba. But Kirikou looks around, tries to understand, and in the end manages to solve the problems himself. Kirikou is a character in an animated film, but his adventures are not actually so far from reality.
Nov. 7, 2013
Although the term biodiversity was not even coined until 1985, the more particular term food biodiversity now helps us describe the cornucopia of distinctive kinds of fruits, nuts, vegetables, tubers, greens, herbs and oilseeds that we intuitively associate with flavor, nutrition, food security, abundance and health.
Nov. 4, 2013
While safe food, from field to fork, is a critical concern of responsible farmers and concerned eaters, the FDA’s presently proposed rules will burden unfairly small and mid-scale family, diversified, sustainable and organic, beginning and disadvantaged, and direct distributing and value-adding farmers. These rules threaten their farms’ financial viability and our supply of regionally and sustainably produced, healthful fruits and vegetables.
Oct. 17, 2013
Cheese 2013: among the other 250,000 attendees from all over the globe, I experienced the world’s finest artisan and heirloom cheeses: tasting, smelling, seeing and pairing them with wines, beers and ciders. After attending workshops and networking with Presidia and American artisan producers, my appreciation for the global importance of Cheese has, well, transformed.