World Food Day 2008

October 10, 2008

World Food Day 2008

World Food Day takes place on October 16, this year. The theme is World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.

World Food Day provides an occasion to once again highlight the plight of 923 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is the agricultural sector. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come.–/www.fao.org

For more information, click here.

To check out how to get involved globally, click here.

To participate in a food blogging event highlighting World Food Day’s mission, click here.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Gratuitous Growth

October 8, 2008

Food is expensive. That is nothing new or novel. It’s easy to buy sodium-plumped, preservative-filled, chemical-laden packages of foodstuffs. What about people in our midst who just want to give sustainable food to those less fortunate? Many times Slow Food enthusiasts are called to action, to rile up citizens about trying, buying, producing and selling clean, fresh, fair, local food. No money needs to change hands in order to bring those ideals to fruition:

“In blue-collar neighborhoods, grassroots volunteers… are growing increasingly concerned by the price of food and transportation. Once a household has paid the utility bills and rent… there’s less left for groceries. The easiest item to cut out is fresh fruit and vegetables – at the expense of good nutrition.

For Braswell, there is a vital connection that grows up between the land, the volunteer harvesters and the families who get the fresh produce – human contact that satisfies a deeper kind of hunger.

“So many times we struggle so much to keep our own heads above water that we don’t have time to help somebody else,” Braswell says. “It’s like, ‘You’re on your own.’

To read more, click here.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Guerilla Dining: October 18

October 3, 2008

SUPPLEMENT #5-Bourbon, Beer, and Barbecue

Join Supplement on Saturday October 18th at 7pm for a Fall Harvest/Low Country dinner. We will have a choice selection of small batch bourbons and microbrewed beers available for the “cocktail hour” and serve dinner promptly at 8pm. For dinner we will be showcasing local foods from the area and pork from Moore Farms in Liberty, NC. Brad Moore raises pastured pork on his farm and will join us for dinner to talk about his passion for local and sustainable foods.

From Brad’s website:

I am a part time farmer working on my family farm near Liberty. I sell delicious pork from hogs raised on pasture. They are free to roam, root and play in the sunshine without added hormones or antibiotics. Also, I grow on farm many of the grains fed to the hogs. I sell sausage, ribs, chops, tenderloin and fat back at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and from the farm by appointment.


Cost: $35 donation

Where: You will receive an email with directions once you have sent your RSVP to supplementws@gmail.com

*Really good vegetarian options will be available.

Hurry! Seats fill up fast.

http://supplementws.blogspot.com – for more info, videos, etc.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Dining from the outside-in

September 27, 2008

Do you remember drive-in movie theaters?

The lure of going out on Saturday night, paying one price and seeing up to three movies? The snack bar called to you with words like “popcorn”, “hot dog”, “french fries”, and “candy” didn’t it? You’d turn your radio to a frequency or put the speaker inside the car window for the surround sound effect.

Well, have you ever heard of an Eat-In?

According to the Web site, Eat-Ins.org was launched after 250 students and young farmers, cooks, artisans and activists gathered for an Eat-In in San Francisco’s Dolores Park during the inaugural Slow Food Nation.

Do you know of any local Eat-Ins? Would you like to start one?

Let us know. Post a comment here or a link.

If you would like more information or would like Eat-Ins.org to post an announcement for or summary of your Eat-In, please write gordon [at] slowfoodnation.org.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Have you seen it?

September 27, 2008

Young people are the future. Personally, I am only 27 years old and I still feel like I am part of the future of America…the world, even. The decisions I make now will affect my future children and their children, too.

That being said, young adults in the college-age and young adult brackets have much come-uppance as of late. Baby boomers are impressed and intrigued by us. We intrigue ourselves.

The Greenhorns is a documentary film that debuted last year. It explores the lives of America’s young farming community—its spirit, practices, and needs. As the nation experiences a groundswell of interest in sustainable lifestyles, we see the promising beginnings of an agricultural revival. Young farmers’ efforts feed us safe food, conserve valuable land, and reconstitute communities split apart by strip malls. It is the filmmakers’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians.

According to Kerry Trueman, “…with dwindling resources, global food shortages, climate change, and the triple threats of peak oil, peak soil, and peak water nipping at our heedless heels, industrial agriculture is becoming a “luxury” we can’t afford…”

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Close the COOL Loophole

September 18, 2008

CLOSE THE COOL LOOPHOLE
Comments due by September 30, 2008

   The 2002 and the 2008 Farm Bills require retailers to disclose the country of origin of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, wild and farm raised fish and shellfish,  perishable fruits and vegetables, peanuts and other commodities on their labels.  USDA has issued an interim final rule implementing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), available here: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5070926. The rule will become effective on September 30, 2008 which is also the deadline for comments.

     COOL is an important tool for consumers. It allows consumers to choose U.S. produced meats, produce and nuts.  The COOL rule, however, provides a vast loophole.  It specifically exempts covered commodities found in “processed” food items. The processing loophole is available for foods that have been cooked or marinated or cured or simply when they have been combined with other covered commodities. Excluded, for example, are roasted peanuts, marinated pork loin, salad mixes, fresh fruit cups, dried fruits and
vegetables, smoked or cured ham and bacon.

     This exemption excludes a significant portion of the foods consumers bring home from their grocery stores on a daily basis and it compromises a consumer’s right to know the origin of the foods
they are buying and consuming.

Tell USDA to close the COOL loophole.

There are several ways to submit your comment:

*         You can submit your comment directly from the Food and
Water Watch website:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=25598,  or

*         You can submit your comment directly to USDA at their
website: http://www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp
(Check the box: “Select to find documents accepting comments or
submissions” and search for “country of origin labeling”, or

*         You can fax your comment to USDA at (202)354-4693, or

*         You can mail your comment to the address below.

Comments should be addressed to:

Country of Origin Labeling Program
Room 2607-S
Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA
Stop 024
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250-0254

(Received via the Slow Food DC listserv, a highly informative source of food news!)

~Laurie O’Neill


Slow Food In The News

September 16, 2008

North Carolina is making Slow News as well as Slow Food shine in the media this month.

Featured in the October issue of Bon Appetit magazine, the Durham-Chapel Hill area has been recognized as America’s Foodiest Small Town. The article begins with Alice and Stuart White of Bluebird Meadows, a sustainable farm in Hurdle Mills, NC. It travels down a short, but familiar road to focus on other local farmers, favorite restaurants, and the reality of widespread sustainability.

It makes this self-proclaimed foodie excited and happy to see our state in the limelight. Is it possible to “make a way for ducklings” and make the other triangular shaped region of the state excited and fired up about sustainable food and its practices?

Our neighbors to the west and eastern coastal region have caught the eye of Slow Food USA. Two articles about guest workers in the Asheville area and shrimp from our coast are important enough to turn an eye to this way.

Are we on our best behavior? Do we have refreshments available for our criticizers guests? As we invite the world to view our efforts to promote good clean, fair food, what are we doing in the Piedmont?

Slow Food really means Go Food, in my mind. It means go out and be active to see what you’re eating and how it gets to your table. It means being knowledgeable.

What are you doing at home, work, or school to this effect? Let us know. We want to hear from you, too.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka