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In the News… Thursday, September 27, 2007

† Slow Food Nation fundraising dinner: Thanks to all who were able to attend last Sunday’s fundraising dinner for Slow Food Nation at Campanile, and special thanks to Mark Peel, Jay Perrin, Caroline Allain, and the staff at Campanile for their generous, above-and-beyond cooperation, assistance, and unflagging energy. The gathering of (approximately) 175 Slow Food members and friends raised over $85,000, a great contribution toward Slow Food Nation and its goals: to change the way America produces and eats food; to demonstrate how everyday choices affect our well being, our culture, and the health of the planet; and to combine pleasure with responsibility to inspire a new activism with food at its core.

Among the attendees was Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times, who shared his comments in “Going Slow,” on the L.A. Times website.

† And more from Russ Parsons on a perennial topic: Check out the interesting exchange between Russ Parsons and Michael Ruhlman (author of The Making of a Chef and other engaging reads and a contributor to The French Laundry Cookbook) about the affordability of farmers’ markets. Lively comments from Parsons and Ruhlman, with some thoughtful input by commenters.

† An exchange about “Our Biotech Future”: Thanks to The Ethicurean for pointing out that Freeman Dyson’s essay for The New York Review of Books, “Our Biotech Future,” is available online, as are comments by Wendell Berry, James P. Herman, and Christopher B. Michael, and Dyson’s response.

† “Help Wanted: Young Farmers”: Zoë Bradbury writes for Edible Portland about the Agricultural Census, the aging of American farmers, and the need to swell a new generation of farmers:

But for reasons cultural, ecological, gastronomic, and economic, there are plenty among us who balk at the notion that agriculture should ever disappear from our landscapes, or farmers from our ranks. Given America’s roots in agriculture, it’s fair to wonder how we’ve moved from the Jeffersonian ideal of independent family farmers forming the backbone of our society, to a time when federal prison inmates outnumber farmers—-an occupation that has now been removed as a category from the U.S. Population Census.

Read the complete essay on the Edible Portland site (and thanks again to The Ethicurean for the pointer).

† Who’s Helped by the Farm Bill?: With the Farm Bill before the U.S. Senate this autumn, debate resumes about the bill’s current incarnation, who it helps, who it hurts, and what it accomplishes. Carolyn Lochhead writes for the San Francisco Chronicle about these very questions.

† and a calendar note: Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena will host a discussion and book signing with Alice Waters to mark the publication of The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution on Thursday, October 25, at 7:00pm at All Saints Church in Pasadena. For more information on purchasing copies of the book from Vroman’s, or about the event, please contact Vroman’s directly at 626.449.5320.