What Is Slow Food?


When I’m out and about talking to people and Slow Food comes up, I’m often asked, “What is Slow Food?” Usually I start global: Slow Food is an international organizationdedicated to ensuring good, clean and fair food for all.
Blank stare.
I try again: Slow Food was started in 1989 by Carlo Petrini when a McDonalds was opened on the Spanish Steps in Rome signaling a dwindling interest in the food people eat and where it comes from.
Interested stare.
It’s the opposite of fast food.
The light bulb goes off. We laugh together at such an obvious juxtaposition.
But it’s so much more than that. In addition to educating the public and supporting our local food communities in their efforts to produce food that is healthy, delicious and sustainable–we also believe that our food choices affect the world. Let me tell you about Slow Food USA’s plan for 2019 to embrace Equity, Inclusion and Justice at our national annual food festival, Slow Food Nations.
Pennie Schwartz, Chair Slow Food East End

Equity, Inclusion and Justice

True geeks can start here with the EIJ manifesto.
But I’ll break it down.
Slow Food believes food shouldn’t just taste good, it should do good: for the planet and for every person, plant and animal on it. The Equity, Inclusion and Justice group is all about making that dream a reality.
So this year local Slow Food chapters are raising money to support EIJ initiatives at Slow Food Nations.
These include:
  • Eight scholarships for delegates from Slow Food Turtle Island Associaiton
  • Panels on immigration, farm labor, indigenous foodways, the future of cooperatives and more
  • Video recording to create a curriculum and carry out EIJ’s mission well beyond this annual event
Slow Food Turtle Island Association is a Slow Food network of indigenous peoples in North America that works to reestablish native plants and foodways and to rematriate (bring back to the mother) native seeds to their lands and people. A Native American origin myth says the earth was formed on the back of a turtle. Turtle Island was one of the first names for North America.
This is close to SFEE’s heart. Shane Weeks of the Shinnecock Nation is on our board and SFEE members are working with the nation to establish a seed library.
That’s what’s food justice looks like.
Please help us continue its progress.

Thank You!


Upcoming Events

Thursday June 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: Slow Food Members: $40 per person; Non-Members: $50 per person.
Please wear comfortable, appropriate footwear for walking the farm!
Monday, July 8, 2019, 5 – 8 pm
Tickets: Slow Food members: $15 per person. Non-members: $20 per person.
Your East End Chapter Leaders
Officers: Pennie Schwartz, Chair; Kim Folks, Vice-Chair; Al Goldberg, Treasurer; Robin Tyson-Stoehr, Secretary;
Laura Luciano, Membership Chair
Additional Leaders: Peter Treiber, Shane Weeks, Jay Lippin, Mimi Edelman, Lauren Lombardi, Peter Haskell
Guest Leaders: Eileen Duffy, Nicki Gohorel
NY State Governor: Laura Luciano
Learn more about our chapter and the movement at the following websites: www.slowfoodeastend.orgwww.slowfoodusa.org.



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