Collaboration With Institutions and Associations
Slow Food works with institutions and organizations active in the areas of farming, pastoralism, animal welfare, the environment, social justice, climate, forestry, health, consumers, development, and fair trade to promote policies aimed at ensuring that animal health and welfare are respected.
Together we work to facilitate a transition toward sustainable diets that are higher in plant-based foods and include considerably less, and better produced, animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, and fish).
At a global level:
- We collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Over the past decades, the FAO has strongly boosted studies and research on meat consumption and industrial farms, and their environmental impact.
- We work also with Vétérinaires sans frontiers, an international network of non-profit organizations working all over the world with hundreds of projects in the field of agriculture and livestock production, animal health, and animal welfare, to support small-scale farmers.
- In the USA, we collaborate with the Meatless Monday campaign, an initiative created in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal is to help reduce meat consumption by 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.
- In the UK, we are member of the Eating Better Alliance, a group of NGOs that campaign for consuming less meat, of better quality, and we work closely with the RBST (Rare Breed Survival Trust) , which campaigns for rare and native breeds.
At a European level:
- We work alongside organizations such as Allevamento Etico, Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International, Eurogroup for Animals, and Greenpeace EU to call for policy action on animal farming under the motto “Less and better.”
- We engage with EU institutions, in particular through the EU Platform on Animal Welfare and the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health, both coordinated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food; and the Civil Dialogue Group on Environment and Climate change coordinated by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and rural development.
- We produce evidence-based studies that highlight examples of best practices within Slow Food’s network of sustainable farmers and producers. Our most recent literature review and case study, produced by INDACO2, assessed the carbon footprint of agroecological food products.
For more information on our animal farming initiatives in Europe, click here