In part 3, Carlo Petrini asks of us to take a step back from our daily lives, and reexamine our values that we hold so dear; perhaps values we would never think to even question.
Is U.S. agricultural policy fundamentally flawed? Since the Nixon administration, when then Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, led the drive to invigorate agriculture production by encouraging farmers to become bigger, and to maximize production even as commodity prices would likely fall over time; sales quantity, and the opening of foreign markets to U.S. farmers were [...]
Agriculture has a system of built-in limitations. But, we have figured out how to bypass many of those limits, and so, pay a terrible cost.
At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning. Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted. —2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment To Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International, one of the [...]
Carlo Petrini, in this final installment, argues for economic respect, and fairness to the small farmers of the world. Economy and ecology, he reminds us, share the same roots.
Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International shares his views about food, politics, and American culture on the road to becoming a sustainable food nation.
November 22, 2010 Calcutta, India As the taste for fast food has increased over the years overseas, so has the waistband. “We never saw so many obese kids and adults before. In fact, obesity used to be associated with the Americans, known to be big eaters. Now we run into obese kids all the time [...]
Not coming from the sustainable food movement directly, I can easily see how many people (maybe even most people) do not have a clear idea what is meant by sustainable food, or sustainable agriculture. Organic, I think many people understand as the absence of “bad” things like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, animal hormones, etc.. But that [...]