† “Organic Almond Supporters Roast Pasteurization Plan”: George Raine writes in the San Francisco Chronicle about the imminent rule requiring pasteurization of almonds. The Department of Agriculture is moving to implement the rule; organic and raw-food advocates have been crying foul and questioning the rush.
† How the Farm Bill Affects What We Eat: For those who didn’t catch Science Friday on the August 10th episode of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” here’s a link, and it’s a good episode whether you’ve been keeping up with Farm Bill news or whether you’ve put off learning about it. Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Sandor Ellix Katz talk about the Farm Bill, how to make food choices, and the benefits of local food.
Also, Dan Barber of Blue Hill (New York) participated in a Q&A with Eli Rosenberg on salon.com about the Farm Bill, and what increased attention on this year’s legislation may mean for the future.
† “My church is a farm…” writes Kim Severson, and although her essay in the New York Times focuses on her experiences in Connecticut markets, her sentiments will be familiar to members and friends of Slow Food Los Angeles who support their local farmers and farmers’ markets.
† Spreading Slow Food via Edible Schoolyards: Today’s Los Angeles Times looks at the difference an Edible Schoolyard can make to a New Orleans school in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.