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  • The Ethics of Eating: FHDC Tour on Culinate

    Ricky Hass, one of the Slow Food Portland coordinators of the recent Farmworker Housing Development Corporation tour, recently wrote about his experience for Culinate.com. His account hits right at the difficult question that remains after witnessing present-day farmworker conditions: where do we go from here? […]

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  • Keeping Kosher

    Everyone has their own reasons for choosing a good, clean, and fair diet; worker’s rights, morality, ethics, health concerns, local economies, taste, and traditions are all among the commonly-invoked refrains. One motivation that doesn’t get much attention, however, is religion. And yet, it’s not a […]

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  • A Local Industry?

    When the USDA adopted an official “organic” label, the decision was a bittersweet mixture of successes and setbacks for the real food movement. On one hand, the glossy sticker on organic produce has provided a visual shorthand for harried eaters to make smarter food purchases. […]

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  • A New Era for Civil Rights?

    After only his first month in the Obama administration, newly-appointed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered some unexpected words before a group from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC) and the Land Assistance Fund: “Some folks refer to USDA as the last plantation, and it […]

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