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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:

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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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

Earth Overshoot Day-We’ve Used Up Our Resources for 2015!!

Yikes!  We are now in deficit spending of our planet’s natural resources.  As of August 13th, 2015 humans around the world had already used up the equivalent of this entire year’s worth of available resources if life and the survival of the planet are to be sustained.  From our food supply to fuel for transportation and business operating practices, our choices are drawing down our resource supply faster than it can replenish itself.

Slow food farm wker AlbaRead about how EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY each year marks the beginning of when we start dipping into the future to continue our way of life, according to the calculator created by the Global Footprint Network think-tank.  Their calculator tools are used by the United Nations and many individual countries to understand and evaluate how our collective lifestyle choices worldwide are seeing humanity’s demands for resources far exceed our Earth’s ability to sustain us.

Check out a chart of our World Footprint and search by nation to see exactly we are threatening our very survival by our own choices.

Or, hop over to the resource-rich Overshoot Day website that will help each of us learn how to make choices every day to enable our planet to provide for future generations.  From TAKE ACTION to FOR KIDS AND TEACHERS, there are ideas and activities to create positive change.

Melons 101: How To Pick Ripe Melons and 12 Varieties You Need to Try | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Our farmers markets are ripe with all colors of melons this time of year and there are as many different tastes as there are variations of orange, honey and green.

ambrosiaNetted melons (Reticulatus) are wrapped in a network of surface veins and come in  delicious shades.


Here are a dozen varieties reviewed and pictured so you’ll be ready for your next market shopping trip!

Source: Melons 101: How To Pick Ripe Melons and 12 Varieties You Need to Try | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

4 Tasty Little Seeds with Big Nutritional Benefits | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Whether they are topping yogurt, ice cream or a salad, seeds of many kinds offer our bodies additional vitamins, minerals and many healthy nutrients that are often hard to find in other ingredients.  Read the details about pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and sesame seeds.


Yogurt as Elixir? How ‘Good’ Bacteria Might Help Lessen Everyday Stress in Our Bodies

In recent years, a body of research has shown that beneficial microbes play a critical role in how our bodies work. And it turns out there’s a lot of communication between our gut and our brain.

Source: Prozac In The Yogurt Aisle: Can ‘Good’ Bacteria Chill Us Out? | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Breeding Organic Seeds (with a little help from Clif Bar)

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.

Source: Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them? | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Michael Pollan Update: More About Microbes and Your Health

In a New York Times article a few months back, our local sustainable food system advocate-rockstar, Michael Pollan wrote about his journey in learning about how the microbial organisms in our intestines impact our overall feeling of health – or not.  With references to the crowd-sourced American Gut Project and other research activities afoot in our land, Pollan links food’s nutrition content to our digestive systems so we can ponder our next meal from a new vantage point.


GMO Salmon: Concerns Over Contamination of Wild Species in Nearby Rivers, Waterways

Scientists are trying to predict what might happen if genetically modified salmon escaped growth facilities. It’s a scenario often raised by critics who don’t want the FDA to approve sale of the fish.

Source: Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You? | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

White House Moves to Update Rules for Biotech’s Products & Genetically Modified Crops

The White House has ordered a review of the government’s system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.

Source: White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food