Italian farmers cultivate endangered beans — ones boarded onto the Slow Food Ark of Taste. They join forces with chefs to enlist local mayors to embrace Meatless Monday and the taste of place. In short, we must all Let It Bean. Though still in its infancy, this municipal strategy is beginning to bear fruit.
I am thrilled to work with a creative team in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's office in Dhaka (Bangladesh). An epicenter of economic growth and social tension, Dhaka is a city of more than 21 million people. Its population grows by more than 3% every year. FAO's Dhaka Food Project asks the question, how can the city's robust, colorful, yet woefully under-managed, public markets better serve vendors, shoppers and the nearby environs? This is where we begin.