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

“Datil” Do It: Where Pride in Authenticity Creates A Sense of Place

Nov. 26, 2013

How did an heirloom chile pepper rise from obscurity beyond a single county on the “First Coast” of Florida, and spread like wildfire until it reached the tables of Camp David and the White House?

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White Sonora Wheat: Adding Heritage Grains into the Local Foods Mix

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.

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From Crisis to Riches: Valuing the Wealth of Local Agriculture

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.

read more... Tags: Biodiversity, Farms and Farming, Food Justice


From Past to Present: Why Heirloom Varietals Matter

Jul. 25, 2013

A decade ago “heirloom” triggered images of your grandfather’s pocket watch or the delicate veil your great-grandmother wore at her wedding. Talk about “heirloom” nowadays and images of luscious tomatoes in the colors of the rainbow appear before your eyes.

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Biodiversity - Growing Wonder

Jul. 18, 2013

Biodiversity is an environmental necessity. The vast, distinct combinations of DNA needed to create the foods we eat and the world we live in are a resource that needs protecting. Without this resource we risk famine and disease. Without it, we lose the resiliency to adapt to our changing world. This dire reality is a good reason for Slow Food to embrace the need to support biodiversity through projects like the Ark of Taste and Presidia. Still, there may be an even better one: wonder.

read more... Tags: Biodiversity, Cooking, Farms and Farming


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