Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Slow Food Founder Harshes on Local Foodies' Mellow

By John Birdsall
Wed, May 16, 2007 at 12:08 AM

Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini may be a bit too lefty even for Bay Area foodie activists. Anyway, Petrini isn't likely to be welcome at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market anytime soon, thanks to a chapter in his book Slow Food Nation in which the Italian socialist blasts local hippie capitalist farmers who, he suggests, create organic monocultures and exploit poor migrant farm workers. Ethicurean blogger DairyQueen describes the fallout from Petrini's current swing through the Bay Area to promote the English translation of his manifesto, including a cancelled invitation to sign books at Ferry Plaza. Whether or not you think Petrini overstates his case (DairyQueen includes the offending extract from Petrini's book), it at least points out the friction between well-off sustainability crusaders and the reality of who's actually working in the farm fields -- even organic ones.

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