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					   Sustainable and Local Food
          Organizations
                  Slow Food
Center for Environmental Farming Systems NC
   Carolina Farm Stewardship Association


                    Presented by: Anne-Marie Scott, PhD, RD
                    Department of Nutrition, UNCG
          History of Slow Food…
 Founded in 1989 by Carlo
  Petrini and a group of his
  gastronomic friends in Italy
 Formed in response to the
  despair felt by these men who
  were offended by the 1986
  installation of a McDonald’s
  near the Spanish Steps, one of
  Rome’s most historical
  landmarks
        Slow Food Is About…
– pleasure, taste,
  knowledge, choice
– the enjoyment of food
– knowing food origins
– supporting biodiversity
– uniting as a local food
  community and economy
– people coming together
  on the farm, in the
  market, and at the table
              GOOD
Food is meant to be
tasty, wholesome,
capable of satifying
all 5 senses and able
to evoke a complex
set of feelings,
memories and
identity.
CLEAN   the way it’s produced respects
          the environment, animal
          welfare and our health
those who produce it
should receive
                   FAIR
                   payment for their work
       Ark of Taste and
       Presida Projects
• Catalogues foods at risk of
  disappearing
• Includes over 500 foods
  from all over the world.
• Small projects designed to
  offer food producers direct,
  on-site support
  Renewing America’s Food Traditions
              (RAFT)
• Collaboration between 7 of our
  country’s most prominent
  education, conservation, and food
  organizations
• RAFT brings American farmers,
  chefs, conservationists, and
  consumers together to protect
  foods and food traditions that
  are at risk of extinction
    Taste Education
•   Taste Workshops
•   Producer visits
•   Classes and conferences
•   School gardens
•   Slow Food in Schools
    Center for Environmental Farming
               Systems NC
•   Has been funded to ask: What will it take to   •   If each North Carolinian spent 55
    build a sustainable local food economy in          cents/day on local food, it would mean
    North Carolina?                                    $1.7 billion for the state’s economy. That
                                                       money circulates here in the state so has a
                                                       multiplier effect, rather than going to a
•   Across the state, various organizations are        corporate headquarters in another state.
    promoting and implementing exciting
    initiatives to support sustainable local
    agriculture. Ex: new farmer’s markets, local   •   Other benefits of a sustainable local food
    food policy councils, comprehensive county-        economy in North Carolina include
    food initiatives, farm incubator programs,         economic development, job creation
    farm and/or garden youth education                 within farming and food sectors,
    programs, health and nutrition projects            preservation of open space, decreased
    focused on local sustainable foods,                use of fossil fuel and associated carbon
    procurement initiatives by large                   emissions, preservation and protection of
                                                       the natural environment, increased
    retail and institutional buyers and schools,
                                                       consumer access to fresh and nutritious
    and much more.
                                                       foods, and greater food security for all
                                                       North Carolinians.
•   Our Mission                             •   CFSA was founded in 1979 by a group
    Promote local and organic agriculture       of farmers, gardeners and consumers
    in the Carolinas by inspiring,              to support each other and foster the
    educating and organizing farmers and        growth of organic food in the
    consumers.                                  Carolinas. Since then, we've helped
•   Our Vision                                  define and grow the sustainable
    A regional food system that is good         agriculture movement in our region.
    for the farmer, the consumer and the    •   CFSA is governed by a diverse 13-
    land. CFSA is a membership-based            member Board of Directors. CFSA
    501(c)(3) non-profit organization of        operates with staff and through the
    more than 1,000 farmers, gardeners,         work of volunteers in our regional
    consumers and businesses in North           Chapters. Chapters develop
    and South Carolina. These members           educational programs, work on local
    are committed to sustainable                solutions to food system problems,
    agriculture and the development of          and allow members to network with
    locally-based, organic food systems.        neighbors committed to healthy food
                                                and farms.
   How to live the Slow Food way…
 Education
   Learn about Industrial Food Production by
    reading books or seeing documentary films on
    food production
   After learning about your food supply, decide
    what is important to you: limiting pesticides,
    promoting sustainable agricultural practices,
    ethical treatment of animals, great taste, fair
    trade, food miles, petrochemical savings,
    nutritional quality…
   Don’t be overwhelmed by the system and the
    choices – start with knowledge and small choices
   Try shifting your focus so that the ingredient label
    is your first priority
How to live the Slow Food way…
              • Taste
                – Slowly wean yourself off
                  processed foods
                – Think tradition – revive old
                  family recipes and foodways
                – Think about how your food
                  tastes, make comparisons
                  b/w processed and whole
                  foods
                – Take a year to honor your
                  taste and satiety signals – you
                  may be happier and healthier
                  than you ever imagined
How to live the Slow Food way…
           • Cooking
             – Learn to cook or teach someone to
               cook – use half your home
               television or computer time for
               shopping and cooking
             – Learn to can and freeze foods
             – Learn to make processed foods
               from scratch; such as pasta,
               cheeses, soups, ice cream and
               bread
             – Be willing to fail – follow a new
               recipe exactly and use good recipes
               from classic cookbooks – then learn
               to experiment.
  How to live the Slow Food way…
• Purchasing
  – Buy locally produced foods
    (www.100milediet.org): eggs, butter,
    vegetables – start with one food per
    week – see handout
  – Eat with the Seasons in Mind
  – Buy Organic Foods when possible
  – Buy Pasture Raised Meats (beef and
    lamb) and local poultry, eggs and pork
    that has been raised on real food
    themselves
  – Eat Wild Caught Fish and Shrimp – buy
    as local as possible
How to live the Slow Food way…
           • Purchasing
             – Join a Community Supported
               Agriculture (CSA) Program (see the
               web site www.localharvest.org for
               ones in your area)
             – Ask dining establishments if local
               foods are used to create the menu
             – Go to your local Farmer’s Market and
               talk with the farmer’s – ask questions:
               When was this harvested? What type
               of fertilizers do you use? Where is your
               farm located? How long have you been
               farming? – see handout
   Ten Great Reasons to Shop at Your
  Local Farmer's Market – see handout
 Food Tastes Better - Real Flavors    Discover the Spice of Life ~
                                        Variety
 Connect with the Seasons
                                       Promote Humane Treatment of
 Support Family Farmers and            Animals
  Local Food Economies
                                       Know Where Your Food Comes
 Protects Biodiversity and the         From
  Environment
                                       Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and
 Better Nutrition For You and          Meal Ideas
  Your Family
                                       Connect with Your Community
  How to live the Slow Food way…
• Gardening
   – Support School Gardens
     and teaching children to
     grow their own food
   – Start your own family or
     community garden
   – Learn how to compost
• Just start by doing one
  thing at a time and slow
  down…
Find out more about Slow Food USA
     and your local NC chapters




www.slowfoodusa.org

				
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