Talks by writers, scientists, and food experts
The 2010 mid-term election results have produced a substantial political shift in the house of representatives, and state legislatures throughout the country. No where across the political landscape—where the mood of the electorate is variously described as angry, fearful, frustrated—have the deepest issues of our time been openly discussed, let alone carefully examined. Indeed, one [...]
Inspiring writer, and passionate sustainable farmer, David Mas Masumoto, shares his views on farming, on life, and the inherent tensions that arise, the “creative edge,” from the art of writing, and of being a farmer. Filmed in May 2010 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s, Cooking For Solutions: Sustainable Foods Institute media conference, Mr. Masumoto talks [...]
Paul Hawken eloquently explains how the price of food is divorced from its true costs, and what this really means for society.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Cooking For Solutions Sustainable Foods Institute annual conference, a two day event for the media to promote learning and discussion around the many issues that impact food and sustainability issues. This year’s talks and panel discussions brought together an eclectic mix of scientific experts, environmental journalists, top sustainability chefs, science authors, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.