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  • On the job

    With less than a month under his belt as Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has certainly been out-and-about. He’s been holding press conferences, making announcements, and giving interviews – I can’t remember a recent Ag secretary who has made such an effort to appear like […]

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  • Real Wealth: Vandana Shiva at Oregon Tilth

    As one of the largest organic certifiers in the nation, Oregon Tilth runs a series of programs focused on education and advocacy for sustainable food systems. At the end of February (26-28), they will be presenting Organicology, a major organic foods conference, right here in […]

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  • A glorious mess

    Last Monday, Slow Food Portland members had a chance to hear some of the stories from October’s Terra Madre conference, told by our local delegates. Their tales ranged from acerbically funny accounts of “lost-in-translation” experiences to more poignant stories of the cultures they encountered. A […]

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  • That old chestnut: elitism

    Small farmer, circa 1931. Thanks to COMFOOD member Shawn and Ethicurean. In the course of this week’s confirmation hearings for Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) found it necessary to offer up this patronizing and dismissive description of a small farmer: […]

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