The philosophy of our Slow Meat campaign can be summed up with one simple slogan: eat less meat, of better quality. The commercial meat industry has a completely opposing view that displays a blatant disregard for consumer, animal and farmer well-being, and is destroying the environment in the process. In this article, Stefano Liberti, author and friend of Slow Food, explores one of the enormous, global problems of industrialized meat production, namely the vast overpopulation of animals being raised for us to eat.
‘For Slow Food, the only alternative to the immoderate use of synthetic chemicals is clearly a drastic change in the mentality of consumers and producers alike, hence in the dominant agricultural model. It’s not a matter of replacing a harmful chemical molecule with another less harmful one and continuing with a sort of agriculture by substitution. It’s a matter of changing the type of agriculture we practice.’
There’s a whole lot of good, clean and fair food being grown and eaten down under, indeed, there are people living the Slow Food philosophy in every part of the country. From the Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale, Western Australia, where practically everything you can eat is grown onsite, to the “Bush Food” specialists at FirstFoodCo in Salisbury, Southern Australia and Slow-inspired restaurants up and down Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the word is spreading.
It was a year ago, during the Anishinaabeg Makoonsi-Giisis (Bear Cub Moon), aka February, that the Slow Food Turtle Island Association was officially and historically formed in Taos, New Mexico. Our Turtle Island Association of Slow Food International is aligned with the Slow Food ethos to promote good, clean, fair food for all with a focus on the First Foods of the Native Peoples of Turtle Island (Canada, US, Mexico, including Hawaii). We aim to address food issues for our communities, including health and well-being, land use and farming, food policy, and the protection and revitalization of rare, heirloom food varieties, including the traditional knowledge and practices related to them.
Along with other organizations, Slow Food is participating in the international Pesticide Action Week, organized by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN): Starting from today, local events, film screenings, conferences, seminars and markets will seek to inform consumers about the risks of pesticides to the environment and our health and to encourage the use of alternative methods.
With a focus on the Mexican coast of Quintana Roo, home to the Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserves, and the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina archipelago in Colombia, the Slow Fish network has recently embarked a new project to promote the preservation of coral reef and coastal biodiversity, currently suffering due the excessive exploitation of natural resources.