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The Community Spirit

Slow Food's vision of cooperation and development is based on food as a driving force for change. Its is a holistic approach which centres round food but encompasses other issues-biodiversity and environmental protection, promotion of local communities and their traditions and culture, just remuneration for producers-normally viewed as separate.

Slow Food believes that by protecting its food products, plant varieties and animal breeds, it is also possible to protect a community.

Hence its coining of the term "Food Communities" to describe the many trades and professions involved in the food production and supply chain; from seed savers, cooks, farmers and fishers to wild food gatherers, livestock breeders, scholars and others still.
There are now Food Communities in over 130 countries, joined together in a network in which the watchword is "cooperation".

Besides playing a fundamental role in food security and sovereignty, the protection of local food products also has a strong social and cultural impact. Slow Food's micro-interventions round the world have great symbolic significance for each single community.
True, they help solve crises and produce economic results, but they also do much, much more than that. By raising the profile of the culture a food product represents they restore pride and dignity to the people who grow and process it. Besides providing money and aid, they also instil confidence and motivation.

The Food Community Model in Slow Food's Action in Africa


Development and cooperation - Overview


Around the World in 80 Slow Food Projects


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Slow Food Hosts the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo
Italy | 30/09/2014
On September 29, the 28 EU Ministers convened in Pollenzo for their Informal Meeting this time held in Italy within the...

Agro-Ecology: A Solution to the Food Crisis?
Netherlands | 29/09/2014
On September 19, Hilal Elver, the newly appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, made her the...

Europe at Salone del Gusto
Italy | 23/09/2014
From the cheeses made around the Mediterranean to the immense heritage of medicinal herbs, preserves and cheeses from...

The Magnificent Three
| 18/09/2014
A guiding thread links the three new Balkan Presidia that will be presented at the Salone del Gusto: the desire of...

European Citizens' Initiative against TTIP and CETA rejected by the EU Commission
Belgium | 16/09/2014
In response to the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), more than 200 European organizations, including Slow Food, launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): a tool to request that the European Commission deal with a subject and introduce a legislative proposal. The ECI called on the Commission to repeal the negotiating mandate for the TTIP, and asked for the CETA not to be concluded. Last week, the European Commission rejected the registration of this ECI, stating that the negotiating mandates on TTIP and CETA are not legal acts but rather internal preparatory acts between EU institutions, and therefore not contestable via an ECI. This decision reinforces concerns on the transparency of the negotiations and has been contested by the STOP TTIP alliance on legal grounds.

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