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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

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

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

Catch Me If You Can

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New rules of the sea mean new recipes on the plate.

Like so many fisheries around the world, the seafood stocks off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. have been decimated by overfishing. The situation is so critical that regional fisheries managers believe that many of the most commonly fished species, including grouper, sea bass and red snapper, are in danger of disappearing for good. Recreational and commercial fishing for those species have......read more

After-Party Pondering

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David Vega dishes up some food and drink ideas for the morning after.

As I write this I think back on the past few days’ efforts to make small daily changes to my eating habits. Believe me, I’m not one to deny myself the things I enjoy; I’m more likely to find something that both satisfies my cravings and that I can feel good about eating. Applying it has actually been much easier than I expected. If I stick to satisfying the senses, I find myself wanting to......read more

SHFT Natural Wine Tasting

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Organic food and sustainable wines at the pop up gallery/shop

Our first pop-up gallery and shop, which comes to a close this week, wound down with a small wine tasting by wine expert Jeffrey Meisel, who educated folks about natural, organic and bio-dynamic practices and brought an amazing and interesting sampling for us. Organic chef and cook-book author Anna Getty made crustinis with home made sun dried tomatoes on organic goat cheese; and Staci......read more

Monsanto Scores Legal Victory

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U.S. Supreme Court decision clears path for genetically modified alfalfa.

In the first ever U.S. Supreme Court decision on genetically modified crops, justices overturned a lower court’s ban on the planting of alfalfa seeds engineered to resist a Monsanto herbicide. The case is a win for the biotechnology industry, and potentially sets a precedent for future litigation on GM foods. Alfalfa is highly susceptible to being outcompeted by weeds, so it's important......read more

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