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Happy Birthday Slow Food Movement

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International eco-gastronomic organization celebrates twenty years of fighting fast food.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the the international Slow Food Movement. Celebrants around the world took part in the first ever Terra Madre Day last Thursday, which marked two decades since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989. The manifesto laid the groundwork for the eco-gastronomic, member-supported non-profit, which is intended to revitalize local food traditions......read more

Hungry for Change

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Can foodies save the environmental movement?

It seems like one step forward, two steps back for the environmental movement these days. The once-high hopes of achieving national and/or international action on climate change have faded to a mere memory. Backward-thinking Republicans are attacking the Environmental Protection Agency in Congress. Eco-minded folks are getting bummed. But another movement, one that shares a common ethos with......read more

A Year on the Road: Singh Farms

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Hidden in an Arizona mesquite grove lies a fertile forest

If you thought no food ever grows in the desert, then allow me to share with you a place that will change your mind. You wouldn't know if from the freeway, but just off the 101 in Phoenix, Arizona there lies one of the most extraordinary farms the desert has ever seen. After I heard someone say it was the farm of their dreams, I knew I had to see it for myself.  A bustling farmer's market......read more

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

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Want to change food policy? Frame it as a public health issue

It may be tempting to thinking of the "food movement" as a homogeneous beast, but in reality it's made up of many different strands. From locavores and anti-obesity campaigners to environmentalists and small-scale farmers, there are many different groups that want to see changes in food culture and policy. And while their ideas and goals often overlap, they come at the dilemma from different......read more

Coffee/Tea Mugs by Slow Studio

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Simply beautiful tableware from Massachusetts maker Natania Hume $30.00

Natania Hume, a potter based in western Massachusetts, makes contemporary-rustic tableware under the Slow Studio brand. (The “slow” in the name is a reference to the slow food movement, a sustainable approach to food and eating that Natania's objects are designed to complement.) And as you can see from these Slow Studio mugs, her work is beautiful. With each piece made one at a......read more

Caribbean Oxtail Stew

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Strictly irie winter eats.

Ah yes, February, that regrettable time of year when, after several months of cold weather, you have to face the equally cold truth that Old Man Winter isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The easiest -- and most delicious -- way to transport yourself to warmer climes is via tropical cuisine. In this week's NYT Mag, Sam Sifton dishes up a recipe for a hearty Caribbean Oxtail Stew that's the......read more

Experience Human Flight

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How does it feel to fly?

If you've ever wondered how it feels to fly (who hasn't?), here's your answer. Experience Human Flight was shot on a GoPro camcorder by Aussie creative duo Betty Wants In on behalf of the Melbourne Skydive Centre, who said: "Hopefully this video will give everyone a different perspective of what skydiving can offer. Hopefully it will provoke some necessity to learn to......read more

Experience Zero Gravity

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How it feels to fly, part two

If you want to feel the experience of base jumping without actually launching yourself off a 6,000 foot cliff, this vid's for you. Coming a few months after the similarly-themed Experience Human Flight, Aussie creative studio Betty Wants In delivers Experience Zero Gravity, which captures the basejumping exploits of some thrillseeking (read: batshit crazy) dudes in Norway, Switzerland and......read more

Siska "Unconditional Rebel" Video

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A mesmerizing music video shot in a single five-second take using a slow-mo camera

Slow motion cameras like the Phantom Flex 4K have allowed a new generation of filmmakers to capture footage in creative new ways. This video for Siska's "Unconditional Rebel" is perfect proof. Shot at 1000 frames per second in a single take from a car traveling 50 km/h, the video takes us on a surreal three-and-a-half minute journey that, in fact, took only five seconds to shoot.  From......read more

Jonathan Safran Foer on Meat

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Breathtaking photos of East African wildlife.

In Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book "The Eating of Animals" the lauded novelist dives deep into the complex morality of eating meat. An avowed vegetarian, Foer stops short of preaching the vegan way of life, but presents some pretty damning testimony about factory farms and the lives of animals raised on them. The Atlantic correspondant Jeffrey Goldberg had a discussion with Foer......read more

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