Monday, February 25, 2008

Slow Food International

From Slow Food's website:

"Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. We believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.

We consider ourselves co-producers, not consumers, because by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a part of and a partner in the production process."

I discovered Slow food in Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and was interested in what they do. They focus on preserving biodiversity,and also linking producers and co-producers.

A great idea behind much of their practice is that if you consume plants that are at the edge of removal of modern agriculture, you create a demand and actually increase the presence of a plant by consuming it. They emphasize collaboration between "producers" from around the world to share ideas and best practice (Terra Madre).