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.
The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a rapidly-growing world population is a myth, according to UN experts: a new report presented by the Human Rights Council has heavily criticized the multinationals that produce pesticides, accusing them of “systematic denial of the magnitude of the damage”, of “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics”, and influencing governments to obstruct reforms and paralyze global pesticide restrictions.
The World Bank’s latest report on the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA), published on February 7th, aims to eliminate legal barriers to doing business in the agricultural sector and gives an insight on how the World Bank works to favor the private sector in agriculture. The Oakland Institute call on the World Bank to cancel the EBA in their new report, Down on the Seed.
Bil’in is a small village in Palestine, just a few miles west of Ramallah and overlooking the West Bank wall. Here, the Slow Food Ramallah convivium runs initiatives to support the growth of organic, seasonal food. The convivium grew out of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) network called Sharaka, which was formed in 2009 to promote food sovereignty in Palestine.
Food is at the center of the life of people, the only animals who cook their food. In Mark Twain’s words, “Man is the only animal who eats without being hungry, drinks without being thirsty and speaks without having anything to say.” Food is so fundamental for our lives and cul- tures that we all ought to have enough of it, sustainably produced.
It may seem like one of the most normal questions in the world, especially given its symbolic significance in matters of social stability: sudden increases in the price of bread have caused riots and sparked revolutions in the past. But to get a clearer picture of the true price of one of the world’s most widely consumed products, we must consider a wide range of factors, specifically the environmental impact of its production.