“Eaters must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”
Wendell Berry (American writer and farmer)
Now you know a lot about good food, you’ve had interesting conversations around the subject, cooked amazing recipes and tasted food like never before! You’ve also started to think about where your food comes from. Did you perhaps also think about how it grows and the impact that food production has on our environment? ‘Cause that’s what week 3 and 4 of our challenge are about!
What is CLEAN food and why does it matter?
People around the world have advocated for food practices that ensure that the production of the items that we have on our plates does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health. CLEAN food:
- Protects natural resources for future generations
- Helps people and the environment depend on each other
- Promotes food that is local, seasonal, and agroecological
In this brief video, you’ll hear 3 of our ambassadors talk about different aspects of CLEAN food.
From being part of the problem…TO BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION!
All over the world, glaciers are melting, rivers are drying up and extreme weather conditions are starting to seem normal. Most likely, you’ve already heard about how our current global food system is contributing to the climate crisis, with industrial agriculture causing 25% of global CO2 emissions (IPCC), two thirds of which are linked to large-scale livestock production. Across the global supply chain, 30% of food is wasted, contributing 8% of total global greenhouse emissions (U.N. FAO). Pesticides are harmful to our environment, decimating bee populations and causing farmworkers to become ill. This isn’t right.
But here’s the good news: We can fight the climate crisis with what’s on our plate!
For this week’s menu, we’ve gathered resources for you to watch, read and listen again. Resources that highlight how food can be the solution as well as the problem. Go through them with a critical eye and above all, enjoy!
MENU OF THE WEEK
We’ve put together a nice to-watch list for this week, with freely-accessible clips and documentaries around CLEAN food. Perhaps you want to pick one, or watch one every other day of the week. It’s totally up to you! When watching, think about what you think of the story, how it relates to the topic of clean food and how it might be different from your own perspective! We are excited to hear your views, so please let us know on Instagram. Just DM us, use the #slowfoodonmyplate or tag @slowfoodyouthnetwork and @slowfood_international so we can find out more about how you see the world!
- Burkinabè Bounty: Agroecology in Burkina Faso a free, youtube documentary showcasing activist farmers, students, artists, and leaders in the local Slow Food movement, who are reclaiming their land and defending their traditions against the encroachment of corporate agribusiness.
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind though not directly about food, this Japanese animated epic science fantasy adventure film tells the story of a princess of a small kingdom on a post-apocalyptic Earth with a toxic ecological system, who becomes involved in a war between kingdoms while an environmental disaster threatens humankind.
- Eat Local on Vimeo this free, 3-minute animated video talks about the importance of engaging with our local food economies.
- The diet that helps fight climate change in this free, 5-minute video, you’ll hear about how research shows that small changes to our diets can make big differences!
- Patagonia: Unbroken Ground | A New Old Way to Grow Food a free, mini-documentary explaining the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis.
- Beautiful 1-Acre Small Scale Permaculture Property
Ever heard of Permaculture? Join this free tour around Limestone Permaculture Farm, Australia, a productive 0.4 hectare farm helping to feed around 50 families! The tour includes a look at the orchard, caravan farm gate, chicken and duck areas, and shade house.
Click here to read about how activists from our Slow Food network are committed to CLEAN food. We will also share these stories on our Instagram, this Wednesday! Libraries are filled with books, and thousands of articles are published on the internet every other day… This can be overwhelming so we’ve picked a few for you to start diving deeper into the topic!
- Eating less meat from small-scale farmers is healthy and climate-friendly.
- How cutting your food waste can help the climate
- Pesticides in our Food System
Our book suggestions:
- The Great Derangement. Climate Change and the Unthinkable, 2016 (Amitav Gosh)
- Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair, 2007 (Carlo Petrini)
- Food for the Future, 2005 (José Bové)
We hope you enjoyed last week’s podcast and that you listened carefully and were excited to hear the good food stories of those profiled. This week we’ve got something inspiring for you again. Inspiring? Yes, it will fill you with enthusiasm, passion and the drive to act towards CLEAN food! Find episode two of our On My Plate series “On My Plate Challenge: Clean Food” on Spotify, iTunes, online and all your favorite podcast apps. Don’t worry if you forget, we will remind you this Friday and you can quickly click in our bio to get directed to Spotify!
You want more? We got ya! Listen to this amazing podcast about Climate Justice with Dr. Vandana Shiva. Beware: She will make you wanna fight for a better world.
In case you want to know more about how food systems can reverse the climate crisis, guess what? We have a podcast for you. It’s called: How Food Systems Can Reverse Climate Crisis!
Did you like all of the content above and want more? One small delicious act you can do to reduce food waste in your own life right now? Make vegetable scrap soup!
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE AND HEAR FROM YOU
Go read, listen and watch plz. We are beyond excited to hear what you think through DM’s or tagged stories! In case you missed it last time, tag @slowfoodyouthnetwork, @slowfood_international and don’t forget to use #SlowFoodOnMyPlate if you post something!
Let us know if you have any questions and till next week!