Los Angeles

In the News… Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thanks to the Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends for sending their impressions of Slow Food Nation; we’ll share those comments tomorrow, along with more Slow news and announcements. In the meantime, other news to digest:

Dr Marion Nestle’s blog, What to Eat, is a great source of information and pointers to news and announcements. In her column for today’s San Francisco Chronicle, Dr Nestle answers questions about corn sweetener in her clear and accessible style.

Earlier this week, Dr Nestle also provided a link to the FDA’s newly proposed guidelines on cloned animals and noted that the public comment period is now open. During the next 60 days, the FDA is accepting comments on the guidelines, so this is an opportunity to voice your concern about issued including the lack of a labeling requirement of such foods.

Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power and a leader in the urban farming movement, has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. The MacArthur Foundation’s summary is a great introduction to Mr. Allen’s work, and in the video below you can hear about what motivates Mr. Allen and his views on the importance of engaging the community in urban farming efforts and why urban farms are more important that ever: