ERIC Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and one of the guest speakers at the successful USA Slow Food Nation three-day event, has written an article in The Nation. His thoughtful and incisive comments are a reminder for what can be honestly overlooked. ‘Largely missing…was a group of people who will ultimately determine whether this movement gains importance beyond the Bay area; the workers who harvest, process and serve the food we eat,’ writes Schlosser. According to comments from Raj Patel, who was also present and one of the guest speakers, Schlosser was the only person who demanded that labour be treated with dignity. Schlosser talks about the admirable 12-point ‘Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture’ that was signed by most of the panelists present, and of the consensus that emerged that what had been previously considered a slogan – ‘slow food’ – was now a genuine social movement.,
SOME have criticised Slow Food for being elitist and catering to an older group, but with the Slow Food Youth Movement growing steadily in the USA and Slow Food USA presenting Slow Food Nation at the end of August 2008, it shows that Slow Food is appealing more and more to all age groups and sections of the community.
Slow Food Nation is a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Slow Food USA and part of the international Slow Food movement. It was created to organise the first-ever American collaborative gathering to unite the growing sustainable food movements and introduce thousands of people to food that is good, clean and fair, through enjoyable, accessible and educational activities.
Some of the leading partners include Wholefoods Markets, Rodale – a global publishing company – anolon, and Saveur, a leading international magazine that puts food into a cultural context. Many USA convivia have been involved with fundraising for this event.
Some of the activities include Taste Workshops, Marketplace, Food for thought, and the Slow Food National Victory Garden, this edible garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Centre is planted on the same site as the World War 11 gardens 60 years ago. The Victory Gardens demonstrates the potential of truly local agriculture practice that unites and promotes urban gardening organizations while producing high quality food for those in need. It is a garden of communities; all food grown in the garden will be harvested and donated to those with limited access to healthy organic produce through their partnerships with local food banks and meals programs