November 11, 2010 The milk scandal that began in China in 2008 has served another ruling: Zhao Lianhai, the father of a toddler who became ill after drinking the milk containing the chemical melamine was sentenced yesterday to 2 1/2 years in prison for inciting social disorder. According to his lawyer, Li Fangping, “prosecutors leveled [...]
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.
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.
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.
In Raj Patel’s new book, The Value of Nothing, Patel explains what it means to have corporate monopolies that can manipulate both price and supply, coupled to a “free market” philosophy…