Slow Food Southwest Washington chapter chair, Warren Neth, has been chosen as US delegate for Slow Food USA at Terra Madre held October 23-27 in Turin, Italy.
Every two years, Slow Food communities around the world come together for Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto to display the extraordinary diversity of food from around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principles of good, clean and fair food.
What is Terra Madre?
Terra Madre has been called the United Nations of food. Delegates from over 150 countries are chosen for their ability to represent the breadth of the country’s food traditions and movement success stories as well as their capacity to take the new lessons, ideas and relationships back to the challenges still to be met at home.
2014 is the 9th Terra Madre. This year’s topic is feeding the planet and will center around two main topics: family farming and the Ark of Taste. The UN has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, as it is the basis of sustainable food production. This year the Ark of Taste, our catalogue of at-risk foods, will dock in Turin and visitors will be able to discover thousands of products from all over the world that the Slow Food network is trying to protect. Visitors are also invited to bring a product from their region that they want to put on the Ark.
“Being selected for this historic event is a special honor. Warren is one of 240 to be selected as a delegate out of 500 U.S. applications. Not only does this mean that Slow Food leaders admire the incredible work that Warren is doing, it also means that we believe Warren is an important voice in representing the diverse U.S. food movement to the international community,” Jovan Sage, Slow Food USA Associate Director.
What is Slow Food?
Slow Food began in Italy in 1986 to resist the opening of a McDonald's near the Spanish Steps in Rome. In 1989, the founding manifesto of the international Slow Food movement was signed in Paris, France by delegates from 15 countries.
At its heart is the aim to promote local foods and centuries-old traditions of gastronomy and food production. Conversely this means an opposition to fast food, industrial food production and globalization.
Slow Food is an international movement that involves millions of people dedicated and passionate about good, clean and fair food. This includes chefs, youth, activists, farmers, fishers, educators, musicians and business people in over 150 countries; a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide, contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize; and 2,000 Terra Madre food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.
Slow Food Southwest Washington
From the Razor Clams of Long Beach, to the mushrooms tucked in our forest floor, to the milk of cattle that graze the sweet grasses of the lower Columbia. Southwest Washington’s food heritage is rich.
Slow Food Southwest Washington was formed as a Leadership Clark County project in 2006. We reconnect Southwest Washington with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We work to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.
Clark County is facing a Slow Food challenge as a McDonald’s is set to open in Uptown Village, at the same time Clark County is working through the details of it’s comprehensive plan. This moment provides an opportunity to consider the future of food in our county. Will we plan to preserve a future of small farms and locally produced handcrafted foods, or will we plan for fast food and development that paves over our farm land.
“But you can not just conserve farmland” says Warren Neth, “We must rebuild the processing, storage and distribution businesses that serviced small to mid-sized farms, that have been lost over the past decades of consolidated industrial farms.”
Toward that end, Warren Neth is working to develop the Hazel Dell Public Market, which will be a community gathering place where heritage skills are nurtured and our local food economy is strengthened. “We are working to site a commissary kitchen with processing equipment that Clark County farmers need for value-added products, a meat market highlighting pasture raised meats, tap-room, farmers market and farm supply store.”
How you can join:
1. Become a Member: Slow Food USA is one of the largest membership based organizations working to change our food system. Become a member and increase our influence to create a food system with good, clean and fair food. ONLINE HERE.
2. Speaking engagements: Please invite me to speak at schools, universities, faith congregations, community groups, restaurants, civic clubs, or conferences.
3. Sign-up for Slow Food SWWA Newsletter: Stay in touch with our chapter activities! Register at our website, http://www.slowfoodswwa.com
4. Join us in Turin!: Slow Food USA has announced a special offer to allow Slow Food SWWA chapter to provide two free tickets to enter Terra Madra and Salon de Gusto. Contact Warren Neth if you’d like to join! firstname.lastname@example.org