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Slow Food Nation: Let the delicious revolution begin!

Slow Food Nation, the three-day festival that's been hyped as the "Woodstock of the food movement" and the "first continental culinary congress," has begun and is full swing. It encompasses a thriving Victory Garden in front of San Francisco's City Hall (pictured); a Food for Thought lecture series with...

Report from Taste3: “Culanthropy” in New Orleans with the Culinary Corps

In mid-July, I had the pleasure of attending this year's TASTE3 conference in Napa, California. The conference, which is presented by the Robert Mondavi Winery, is a meeting of minds on the topics of food, wine, and art. Over the span of two days, a stream of chefs, artists, writers, musicians, activists,...

Sowing the seeds of social change: Slow Food Nation’s Victory Garden

Last Saturday I attended the launch of the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden at the foot of San Francisco's City Hall, on a site what was recently an ornamental lawn. The garden, which takes its name from the World War II campaign to get citizens to grow their own food to support the war effort, is intended...

Alice Waters in conversation with SF Mayor Gavin Newsom

Mayors of major American cities are usually the ones answering questions in interviews. So when the mayor is the one doing the interviewing, the subject must be someone special. That was the case on Monday night, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson sat down with chef, food activist, and Slow Food...

Local food promoted as economic development tool

It's one of the ironies of our food system that here in Kansas, one of the largest agriculture states in the union, we don't have a whole lot of local food. It doesn't have to be that way. What's more, a turnaround in that situation is a good economic development plan. That was the message that two...

Local meat gets star treatment at Kansas farmers market

Kansas may be the beef capital (PDF) of the United States, but people here aren't necessarily eating beef from the neighborhood. To introduce people in the Lawrence area to local meats — including many that are not from cattle — the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market had its third annual "Local Meat: It's...

Getting a handle on sustainability: It’s the ecosystem (stupid)

Caption: Monterey Bay Aquarium visitors watch a small bluefin tuna (center). If world overfishing of this top predator doesn't slow soon, aquariums may be the only places to see one. The word "sustainability" came up a lot at the Sustainable Food Institute portion of the Cooking for Solutions 2008 shindig...

Rock bottom of the food chain: Children in the fields

Prepare yourself for Food and Society Conference overload — Elanor and I are here in Chandler, AZ, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's annual food-movement meeting and thanks to an angel named Nicole de Beaufort, there is practically an army of bloggers this time. Basically, I'm hanging out with half our blog...

Gary Nabhan wants you to go native for SOLE food

Could native foods be the next big thing in eating? Some people, Gary Nabhan in particular, are working to push things in that direction. Nabhan, a noted conservation scientist at the Northern Arizona University, is a founder of the Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT) Alliance and may be the original...

Bay Area event: A discussion of climate-friendly eating

Tomorrow night (Monday, March 31) I'm moderating a discussion about making environmentally conscious food choices, sponsored by CUESA. It's a pretty great panel — all women, incidentally: Helene York, Director of Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and Project Director of the...

Food-health-agriculture connections noted at SARE conference

There was plenty of positive energy and discussion of the food and agriculture connection yesterday at the opening of the three-day Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program’s 20th anniversary conference, held this year in Kansas City, Missouri. More than 800 people were expected...

Postcard from the World Ag Expo

Last week marked the largest proportion of climate change naysayers gathered in one place since Dick Cheney walked into an empty room. Volunteers at the entrance to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, screened people as they presented their ticket. “Do you believe in global warming?”...

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