A Family Tradition

From Antwerp yesterday and the baker trying to bake with sourced biodynamic wheat to Italy today where this particular family decided the only solution was to grow their own.

Not only did I find this Perennial Plate video moving I find it very exciting how many european farmers are taking on the challenge of growing heritage seeds that are biodynamically grown and then turned into pasta.  It should also be noted how in ITaly and really all of Europe where there has been a de-facto banned on GMO seeds family farms like this one never have to fear a lawsuit by Monsanto or risk contamination of their fields.  Yeah I know there I go again, but it is in situations like this when it becomes very clear just what destruction is being wrought on  our agricultural systems when you watch this video and think about how increasingly difficult this kind of farming is becoming because of huge multinational corporation (most of them chemical companies) who don’t want anyone no matter how small or large to farm unless they can make some money off of that farmer by selling them seeds that are part of a legal contract and that only can be grown with the assistance shall we call it of the same companies pesticides and herbicides….

Funny how I can take a sweet lovely video about a wheat farming and pasta making family and turn it into a cautionary tale…all I’m saying is: look how beautiful this family is and what amazing things they have accomplished and how far we have been lead astray from this ideal.  Ok I’ll shut up now.



About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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