† The Farm Bill passed the House and the Senate: After passing the House by a vote of 318 to 106, the Farm Bill passed the Senate today by a vote of 81 to 15. Although President Bush has threatened to veto the bill, the Congressional votes indicate sufficient support to override such a veto. An overview of the final bill is available on the New York Times website in a piece by David Herszenhorn and David Stout.
† Fields of Green in Manhattan Beach:The second Fields of Green event will be held Sunday, May 18, at 13th Street and Metlos Plaza in Manhattan Beach from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Cooking and gardening workshops, food samples provided by local farmers’ markets and restaurants in the Manhattan Beach area, and healthy lifestyle presentations will be among the features. More information about Growing Great, one of the cosponsors of the event, can be found on their website.
† The Case of the Missing Bees: Reservations are still available for a June 5 presentation and Q&A with Professor May Berenbaum, one of the leading researchers into colony collapse disorder and the dramatic decline in the honeybee population. Considered by some to be one of the most significant threats to our food system, the disorder is still a mystery, though some causes have been ruled out and others are the subject of new investigations. Shortages of bees to pollinate crops is also contributing to an increase in the cost to rent bees and in bee heists.
† Taste of the Nation 2008: A popular event among many Slow Food members and friends, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation will be held at Media Park in Culver City on Sunday, June 1, 2008, from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Information about participating chefs and event highlights is available on the TOTN website, and tickets are now available online. As one of 55 annual events, the goal of Taste of the Nation is to raise fund to combat hunger, and local organizations that will directly benefit include the Garden School Foundation, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates, the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, and St. Joseph’s Center.