To charge that organic food is elitist is nothing new, but an excellent story in the San Francisco Bay Guardian takes a closer look at the people who are neglected by the ‘good food movement.’ Writer Caitlin Donohue points out that worker conditions and pay for organic farm workers in California aren’t much better than their conventional counterparts, and the urban poor have little access to organic food. Continue reading Is the Organic Food Movement Classist?
During our recent East Coast tour, we stopped at Yale’s organic farm in New Haven, Connecticut where we found students hard at work building, digging and weeding in the sunshine. As more and more young people rediscover farming, Yale’s program has proven to be one of the best in the country.
The Yale Sustainable Food Project was founded in 2001 by Alice Waters and members of the Yale faculty, and the Project now operates a one-acre organic farm in New Have, where more than 300 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers are produced. Over 850 students take a course related to food and agriculture, and the university also offers a sustainable dining program.
During our visit, we met with Yale Sustainable Food Project Director Melina Shannon-DiPietro who told us about the explosion of interest in organic farming among students at Yale and across the country.
In many ways we saved the best for last with the final video shoot of the Southwest Tour, visiting SAME Caféin Denver, and leaving inspired and with full bellies. SAME is an acronym for “So All May Eat,” and it refers to the pay-what-you-can system of the restaurant. Continue reading SAME Café in Denver: Making Good Food Accessible To All