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

The Farm Bill: The House Doesn’t do it… Again

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).

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Farm Bill Update

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.

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A Father’s Day Resolution: 10 Things I Want to Teach My Son About Food

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.

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What is the Food and Farm Bill and why does Slow Food care?

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.

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Ocean Grabbing: Plundering a Common Resource

Jun. 3, 2013

With 60% of the world’s population living in coastal areas, communities around the world are finding themselves caught between increasing pressure from the land and depleting marine and coastal resources.

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