2016 Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy

“Slow Food International” has a world food festival every other year in Turin, Italy. It’s called:

“Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto”
(“Mother Earth / Tasting Festival”)

This year, 3,000 delegates from around the world were there to represent their homeland. Several of us members from Slow Food South Bay went as delegates:

  1. Joni Sare, chef, and president of our Slow Food South Bay chapter
  2. Hilli Salo, founder of Silicon Valley Grows, and leader of Slow Food South Bay
  3. Peter Ruddock, committee chair of Ark of Taste, California
  4. Doniga and Eric Markegard, owners of Markegard Family Grass Fed Beef
  5. Mary Clark Bartlett, CEO/founder of Epicurean Group

Mary was inspired to make this video, which has a wonderful insight of the sights and sounds at the festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIIxQCZXPf8&feature=youtu.be

Here is a quick recap of the numbers:

  • 5 days (Sept 21 – 25, 2016)
  • 1.5 million people –from around the world
  • Nearly 160 countries showcased their regional –good, clean, fair– food
  • Thousands of products for tasting, and for sale
  • Dozens of speakers, workshops, dinners, cooking demos, conferences, forums

“Mark your calendar for 2018! If you love food, and if you love to talk with the people who make amazing food –then this event is for you!”

Here are a few photos from this year’s event:

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Markegard’s Terra Madre Celebration Dinner

Markegard’s Terra Madre Celebration

On November 6, 2016, a celebration event dinner occurred at the Markegard Family farm near Hwy 1 on the coast side to celebrate those who help to support them to travel to the Terra Madre Event in Italy in September.

Here are some photos from that event!

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EWGs 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

STRAWBERRIES, about to come into high season in our South Bay, have jumped above apples for the first time in a few years.  Buy them ORGANIC (along with the other ‘Dirty Dozen’ listed) to avoid multiple pesticide residues in your food choices.  Follow the link for more of the research and to print a copy of the lists for your next shopping trip.

Check out @EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce! #DirtyDozen #CleanFifteen http://bit.ly/1VxUO3i

Source: EWGs 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Decoding Animal Welfare Labels | CUESA

nicasio_cowsOur food labels are a hot topic these days and rightfully so.  If you care about the origin, care and quality of what you eat, this is a must read.

Pasture raised. Hormone free. All natural. Which ones are just greenwashing, and which ones can you trust?

Source: Decoding Animal Welfare Labels | CUESA

Stanford’s REAL FARM: Ag Ed by School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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Stanford’s six-acre site is to be as much a laboratory as a classroom for students to learn theory and evolve best practices in sustainable agriculture.  The goal is to educate future leaders who can address our environmental and food system challenges in the 21st Century.

 

Source: A new educational farm on the “Farm” | Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Consumer Reports Study: The Bacteria in Conventional Beef

Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. 82% of conventionally produced and processed beef samples were found to have at least 2 types of bacteria.  CONVENTIONAL SAMPLES WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE BACTERIA WHICH WAS RESISTANT TO 3  OR MORE CLASSES OF TYPICAL ANTIBIOTICS. 

 

Source: Ecocentric | The Bacteria in Our Beef

U.S. Crop Diversity Declining but…5 Ag Regions Buck This Trend!

9 Farm Regions Map from journal PLOS ONE

A new USDA study (published in the journal PLOS ONE) tracked crop diversity across farms in the US from 1978 to 2012 using five year ag census data.

While the overall data confirms the dominance of monoculture farming – a practice known not to be sustainable in the long-term – there is evidence that in five of the nine Farm Resource Regions where fruits and vegetables reign supreme crop diversity was either maintained or increased slightly.  Check out the map for specifics and read more…

Source: U.S. Farms Becoming Less Diverse Over Time | Civil Eats

What’s an Agrihood? Check Out Davis, CA’s The Cannery for Housing+Farmland Community

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The Cannery agrihood in Davis, California, will place an educational incubator farm in the middle of a planned community.  Morphing from last century’s model of housing surrounded by a golf course, this new development seeks to transform an industrial site into a 21st century organic farming and living experiment.

Source: Northern California’s First Agrihood Will Bring Organic Veggies to Former Industrial Land | Civil Eats

FOOD for STUDY: Colleges Expanding Degree, Course Options in Food Systems

IMG_5647As the food movement grows, the demand for college and university classes focusing on food systems is exploding.

Source: Majoring in Food: Colleges Offering More Courses, Degrees | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

GOOD FOOD NEWS! USDA Allots $34.3 M for Local Foods Infrastructure, Veg & Fruit Access

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In an effort to strengthen local and regional food systems, the USDA has promised millions through several grants to support farmers markets, CSA’s and ‘hub’ businesses that aggregate and facilitate regional food promotion, awareness of resources and actual distribution channels.  Farm-to-institution programs are also included which is great news for educational and health organizations!

Source: USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables