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Edible San Francisco’s Meat Issue

The latest Edible San Francisco (of which I am deputy editor) is the Meat Issue and has several articles available online that I think will also be of interest to Ethicurean readers. Head over to ESF's website to read them (and please leave feedback in the comments — we need letters to the editor!). At...

Sustainable Pork Smackdown, Pt. 2: Why Bay Area residents should choose local pork

By Bonnie Azab Powell | Illustration by Marcos Sorenson Read Pt. 1: Why Bay Area residents should choose Midwestern pork I have to confess something: I have a hog in this race. In addition to being a freelance writer and editor, I moonlight as a meat slinger, volunteering for Clark Summit Farm in Tomales,...

Artists explore urban sustainability at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

"Gatherers — Fallen Fruit, Elysian Park," 2005, giclee print, photo courtesy of David Burns, Matias Viegener & Austin Young (downloaded from YBCA's press room) A new exhibition of artists' responses to the concept of sustainability opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco last...

Review: New documentary “Food Fight” is more of a lovefest

Ethicurean headquarters in Oakland, CA, should have been the home stadium for a preview screening of "Food Fight," the new documentary by Chris Taylor. After all, this "story of culinary revolt" covers the damage wrought by industrialization of the food system and features star players such as Michael...

Farmers market snapshot: Bay Area bounty in October

October is Eat Local Challenge month, and we should have made a big deal about it before. However, we have all been pretty swamped — the road to blogging hell is paved with good post intentions. And truth is, all of us treat every month as an eat-local challenge, and mistakenly or not, we kind of assume...

The Bi-Rite Stuff: Sam Mogannam takes grocery retailing to new heights

The San Francisco Chronicle has scooped us here at Edible San Francisco by just a few days, writing about the new venture of Bi-Rite Market grocery store owner Sam Mogannam: Farming. I wrote our cover story for the October/November issue on Sam, the Bi-Rite Farm (that's him in action above), and the history...

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...

Turnips are takin’ it to the streets

While walking down Broadway in Oakland (between 30th and Brook), I came across the remarkable poster shown above. A Google search for "Edible Root Crew" turned up nothing. Is this the work of some nearby youth gardeners? Or are the words on the poster some kind of urban slang? Or could it be that the people...

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...

Closing the loop: Turning city food and garden waste into fertilizer

During a break between meetings at the office, one of my coworkers asked, "So, Marc: got any vacations planned?" "Just a little one. I'm going to the Vacaville landfill next Friday," I replied. His eyebrows raised a little bit, and he responded with a quizzical tone, "Hmm...that's an interesting choice. I...

Salon.com plays the locavoreanism-debunking game

The type of article lamented by a few commenters on my recent post about food miles vs. food choices made an appearance in Salon a few days ago. Starting with a provocative headline ("Is local food really miles better?") and subtitle ("Many of us now count 'food miles.' But local fruits and veggies may not...

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...

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