Why you should help pass the Food Safety Modernization Bill S-510

November 30th, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Later today the U.S. Senate is set to vote on the much anticipated Food Safety Modernization Bill (S.510). While this bill has been controversial, family farmers and small-scale producers have won vital protections by getting the Tester Amendment included in the Manager’s Amendment. Now there are attempts to kill these provisions, which exempt farmers that have sales of less than $500,000 and sell within 275 miles of their farm, and others are hoping to kill the bill outright. Below is a link to an editorial regarding the recent amendments to the food safety bill and how they will protect family farmers and consumers.

You can read more about this important bill in the recent NY Times Editorial co-written by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser:

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Author Michael Pollan Looking For More Food Rules

November 21st, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Food and wisdom have gone hand in hand in many cultures, for as far back as people can remember. It seems like in recent history though these pearls of wisdom have been getting lost. Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma and most recent Food Rules is asking people to send him more of your favorite food rules that are healthy and healthful.

From his first book rules included:

Rule 1: Eat food.

Rule 2: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Rule 7: Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.

Rule 11: Avoid foods you see advertised on television.

For his next book Michael is looking to expand on his rules and is looking for input from you.

“Many rules reach across cultures and also time, but some of the ones readers have submitted are specifically about navigating the modern food landscape: “It’s not food if it comes to you through the window of a car.” “Don’t eat at any restaurant of which there is more than just one.” “A snack is not the same thing as treat.” “If a bug won’t eat it, why would you?” and so on.

Will you send me a food rule you have found memorable and useful? Perhaps one passed down by your parents or grandparents? Or something you’ve come up with to tell your children – or your self?

Please send your suggestions to pollan.foodrules@gmail.com

I will include the best ones in the next edition of Food Rules, which will be published next fall and will be pleased to acknowledge your contribution if you so wish.

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Inspired Buyer – Stop by and visit Slow Food OC Booth at ENC on Sunday, Nov. 21st

November 19th, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Slow Food OC has been invited to host a booth at the Inspired Buyer Fair being held this Sunday, November 21st at The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. So stop on by and say hello. This is a free  sustainable shopping event which will include 40+ vendors selling holiday gifts, live music from local bands, do-it-yourself cooking and gift demos and children’s art activities.

Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach
Time: 11am-5pm
More Info: http://www.inspiredbuyer.com/

Schedule of Events
12:00 – 1:00 Jenny Ross from 118 Degree :: Yummy Chocolate Truffles (Cooking Demo)

12:00 – 2:00 Sasha & Shannon from LoveArt& :: Make your very own succulent terrarium, perfect for gifts! (Class)

1:00 – 2:00 Lisa & Ron Beres from Green Nest :: Create a Healthy Home for the Holidays (Presentation)

2:00 – 3:00 Tanya & Mark from Avanti Cafe :: Carmel Corn for a Holiday Treat & Gift (Cooking Demo)

3:00 – 4:00 Joanna Park from Floral Sense :: How to Gorgeous Holiday Floral Arrangements (Presentation)

All Day – Jodi Levine from Earthroots Field School will be helping kids make seed balls using native wildflower seeds (Class)
And don’t forget..all events are  free to participate in!

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