Slow Food USA Blog
Reflections, insights and news about the food movement and “going Slow”
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.
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.
May. 21, 2014
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “gastronomy” as “the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.” Carlo Petrini reckons that, in its thirty-year history, Slow Food has—at first unwittingly, then consciously—reformulated the meaning not only of the word but also of its practical and theoretical implications. He explains how in his impassioned new book "Cibo e libertà", to be published this Fall in English as "Food and Freedom".
May. 2, 2014
As part of a special pre-Slow Meat 2014 blog series, Josiah Lockhart, Executive Manager of Lockhart Family Farm, discusses the importance of biodiversity among food animals. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the USA has now lost at least 95% of its edible species (75% globally), and more than 90% of each meat market is now dominated by single breeds.
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.”