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Slow Food USA Blog

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

Viewing our Food, From Paddock to Plate

Jul. 18, 2013

Is it possible to operate a truly organic and sustainable farm today? In the short documentary “Where the Food Grows”, New York-based film student Noah Throop finds out.

read more... Tags: Farms and Farming, Film/TV/Radio, Meat


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


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).

read more... Tags: Farms and Farming, Food Justice, News, Current Event


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.

read more... Tags: Farms and Farming, Food Justice, News, Current Event


The Price of Perfection

Apr. 26, 2013

It’s tough not being perfect. Everyone who has ever had a bad hair day knows that. And that’s no more true than for those misshapen, oddly sized fruits and vegetables that Mother Nature inevitably produces.

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


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