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Slow Food – Promoting Good, Clean, and Fair Food All Around the Globe

The grassroots Slow Food movement has been gathering converts around the world ever since its founder, Carlo Petrini, organized a demonstration against the fast food giant MacDonald’s in Rome, more than twenty-five years ago.

Study: U.S. could put a big dent in food prices by relaxing ethanol rules

The worst U.S. drought in half a century has hampered the country’s corn production and caused plenty of worry about the rising cost of food worldwide. But the spike also raises a policy question. Should the United States now suspend its rules that divert a hefty portion of the U.S. corn crop—40 percent, by some counts—into ethanol fuel for cars and trucks?

Bite Me Cairo: Slow Food

It’s all about being a locavore. Eat what grows where you live. Support your local farming community. Practice sustainability and fair labor practices. Be a good global citizen. Sounds like a good idea, but not everyone agrees on the science and the economics.

Teach Us, Trader Joe: Demanding Socially Responsible Food

Factoring in that Trader Joe's is wildly more affordable when compared to luxury grocery stores such as Whole Foods or Andronico's, the balance strikes a chord with a new generation of shoppers that expects a lot out of their grocers. But what, exactly -- besides environmental activism -- contributed to this shift in message? And what do Trader Joe's recent efforts reveal about the future of food access and consumption in this country?

5 Tips for Eating Local Foods

Eating local foods is not only much more sustainable and much better in terms of the environment, but it is often more convenient too. Eating locally is a lot easier than you might think; here are a few simple tips that we’d like to share with you that we think will make it simple enough to incorporate into your busy life.

Can “Pop-Up” Grocery Stores Solve the Problem of Food Deserts?

This summer, several temporary and mobile pop-up markets will set up shop in so-called food deserts — low-income areas that are more than a mile away from the nearest grocery store — to sell mangoes, melons, lettuces, onions and other fresh fruits and vegetables.

More Family Farms Are Going Organic

To earn a living as a farmer in the United States, farming families have, for the most part, been limited to two primary avenues: they could grow a standard, mainstream crop and connect with a large corporation that pledges to buy it or they could start a small-scale boutique farm that grows difficult-to-find produce for a selective, niche, or gourmet crowd. For many years, farmers were content to choose between these two categories.

Film: The Earth School 2011

In 2009 the Earth School received a grant from Slow Food NYC and was able to build an edible garden. Watch this video to learn more about what they've created.

Defining Local

A recent report from the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture explores the local food movement through a comprehensive literature review. Read the report summary, here, if you’re time-crunched or follow the link to the full report.

Daphne Zepos (1959-2012)

A Slow Food NYC board member remembers his experiences with one of America's great authorities on cheese.

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