I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm. Information is here and the ticketing link is here. This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).
USDA says: Eat Local! HHS says: Prevent!
Really, we have to rethink USDA. It has just awarded $4.8 million grants to community groups to promote local agriculture as part of a $65 millioncampaign to Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food. Local food!
And HHS, not to be outdone, is awarding $650 million in grants for community initiatives to improve diets and get people more active. Prevention!
OK, these are tiny fractions of the Departments’ budgets but I read them as symbolic steps in a new and terrific direction. More of the same, please.