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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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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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Can Ark of Taste survive Katrina and Isaac?

Sep. 13, 2012

Lester & Linda L’Hoste have been working to preserve the organic Ark of Taste satsuma on their citrus farm in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and now Isaac.

read more... Tags: Biodiversity, Farms and Farming, News, Current Event, Slow Food Chapters in Action, Take Action


15 Innovations Making School Lunches Healthier and More Sustainable

Aug. 22, 2012

Back to school time! The biggest change most students will see will be on cafeteria trays. Check out these 15 innovative ways schools are making lunches healthier.

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