15 January 2011

Slow Food & Terra Madre - People Deserve Good, Clean, Fair Food

Slow Food is a international grassroots membership organization promoting good, clean fair food for all. Here is Slow Food's definitions of good, clean and fair.
GOOD- a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture; 
CLEAN- food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health;
FAIR- accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.

Slow Food is really about teaching sustainable food growing and selling. They defend food biodiversity. They established a sister organization called Terra Madre. Terra Madre is all about food community, which means making a network of farmers who share, trade and sell healthy, sustainable food.

Terra Madre was created: "To give voice and visibility to the rural food producers who populate our world. To raise their awareness, as well as that of the population at large, of the value of their work. To sustain their ability to work under the best conditions, for all of our good and for the good of the planet. For these reasons, constructing a global network—with information-sharing tools, the means to learn from each other, and opportunities for collaboration in many ways—seemed invaluable. We must continue to have fertile lands, lands on which sprout and grow plants and animals appropriate to those environments, rather than needing to be pumped full of chemicals to make them thrive artificially. And we must also continue to have the people capable of stewarding these lands, to have their know-how, so we can have food that still carries the tastes of our youth."

Check out this link to learn about Terra Madre's project to create 1000 sustainable gardens in Africa.
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Peace, Love, Wealth,
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama

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