Geez, Glenn have you got it wrong. Still, I'm not surprised, though. It is a common misconception that Slow Food is just a bunch of yuppie foodies stuffing their craws with foie gras, and I confess that there is a hedonistic side to the movement, but those who see only that are taking quite a myopic view.
Here in Iowa for example, we have a strong school garden program that actually is integrated with the curriculum and the food service of a public high school. We also hold an annual festival, called Field to Family
, the whole purpose of which is to draw closer connections between the community and its local sustainable farmers and artisan food producers. That's just a little of what we do. Taste workshops in elementary schools, farmers market demos, local brewery tours, I could go on and on and on.
On a larger scale, Slow Food USA has maintained the Ark USA
, an academic catalog of foods in danger of extinction due to the industrialization of the food system, and the Presidia, which takes a more active role in promoting those products (the Heritage Turkey
program is a shining example of that). Slow Food takes no money for its work selling those turkeys - it all goes to the producers. Again using Iowa as an example, Slow Food Iowa helped move 150 American Bronze turkeys for a local family farm last year. Nationwide we moved over 15,000
On the even larger scale, Slow Food International has created the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
, The University of Gastronomic Science
, and Terra Madre
So you see, from top to bottom, local to global, Slow Food does a lot more than preaching to the choir and patting each other on the back over a glass of Chardonnay. Please take a look at the links I've provided here. They'll give you a more complete picture.
And your politics shouldn't really enter into it. I count among our Iowa members one of my dearest friends, who without a doubt would classify himself as conservative/libertarian. He and I may disagree on Social Security Privatization, but that should never preclude us from working together on the myriad food issues where we share a common view.GmeNGrmetSales
, join up. Slow Food could always use another powerful voice to affect positive change for the food world, and you would enjoy the benefits of membership and of knowing your working toward a great common cause.