Slow Food USA Blog
Reflections, insights and news about the food movement and “going Slow”
Jul. 3, 2013
Twenty-eight years ago I left Brunswick, Georgia and my family’s land. I found myself in the U.S. Army at my first duty station in Schweinfurt, Germany. As I walked up to the barracks someone hollered from a window, “Where are you from, private?” I shouted back, “Georgia!” From the other windows I heard people screaming, “We got us a Georgia boy. I haven’t had any good home cooking in a long time.”
Jul. 1, 2013
The House of Representatives didn’t do it... again. Most “in the know” politicians expected the House to pass a Farm Bill on June 20, 2013. Yet, in an oddly bi-partisan vote of 234 “nays” (172 majority Republicans and 62 minority Democrats) and 195 “yeas,” the House of Representatives didn’t pass the bill. Mainly, Republicans and Democrats aligned to say “nay” because of the magnitude of SNAP cuts (too high for Democrats and too low for Republicans).
Jun. 18, 2013
UPDATE: On Thursday June 20, the House of Representatives rejected the Farm Bill. You can find more about the status of this legislation here.
Jun. 13, 2013
I’ve decided that my gift to my one-year-old son this Father’s Day will be to come up with ten resolutions: ten things I want to teach him about food.
Jun. 7, 2013
Why do we care about the outcome of the current debate? Put starkly, the Food and Farm Bills of the past several decades subsidize farming and ranching that is not good, clean, or fair. The eventual bill will also affect whether some 45 million Americans eat because the largest program — up to 70% of Food and Farm Bill spending — is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps. The current House version of the bill would cut $20 billion out of SNAP and continue subsidies that, as proposed, go disproportionately to a few very wealthy corporations.