Why should Slow Food concern itself with climate change? Everyone is talking about it, and some even deny it. But we experience its effects every day: glaciers melting, rivers drying up, extreme heat and increasingly violent hurricanes and tornados. But to many of us it still feels like a distant, abstract problem, unconnected to a daily act that we often take for granted: eating. This is why the issue is more important than ever to Slow Food.
The industrial food production system is one of the biggest culprits: A third of greenhouse gas emissions are produced by intensive livestock farms, the widespread use of chemical agents on crops, produce grown year-round regardless of its natural season and the lengthy supply chains that fly food across the planet to our supermarket shelves.
But agriculture, particularly small-scale farming, is also the first victim of climate change, as farmers have to deal with devastating droughts interrupted by flash floods, and make longer and longer journeys to find water for their animals. Rising sea levels are threatening the survival of fishing communities, the acidification of the oceans is making them hostile to life and every day we are seeing more and more biodiversity loss and unstoppable desertification.
Every single one of us can make a difference, starting by making some changes to our everyday shopping. The combined effect of all of our choices together can push governments and the international community to finally start heading down the alternative route that our planet so desperately needs.
Menu for Change is the Slow Food campaign that promotes this alternative. And it is the first international communication campaign that links global warming with food production and consumption, encouraging a more reasoned approach to consumption and raising funds for Slow Food projects that support family farming, food and environmental education and biodiversity protection.
Between September 29 and December 31 there will be many different ways to participate in the campaign. From social media to websites, events with your Slow Food convivium and dinners organized with local chefs: You can be as imaginative as you like!
Choose good, clean and fair food every day and support Slow Food’s projects around the world.
Everyone can take part:
– October 16–November 5: Eat local
Challenge your friends to eat local, seasonal food for three weeks.
– November 6–25: Cook up a better future
Let’s promote recipes whose ingredients include sustainability, biodiversity and respect for the environment.
– November 26 and all of December: Support Slow Food!
The planet needs us. Give now and help us protect it! Even a small donation can make a big difference.
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