“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”

Anna Lappe (American author, educator and sustainable food advocate)

Over the past 4 weeks, you’ve learned what makes food GOOD and CLEAN. You’ve also taken actions to change what is on your plate for the better! But as you can imagine, our food should not just taste good or be grown in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, it also needs to be produced and marketed in a way that ensures accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and payment for producers. FAIR food is a fundamental piece of the puzzle for a better food system and will be the focus of the next two weeks of the challenge. In this brief video, you’ll hear four Slow Food ambassadors talk about FAIR food and how we can achieve it.

What is FAIR food and why does it matter?
Well, to answer that question, we first have to get clear on what fair food is not.. Unfair food can be anything from workers who are underpaid and exposed to dangerous working conditions, to farmers who are cheated out of their work’s worth. In its most extreme form, unfair food means forced labor or exploitation, even of children – in other words, modern slavery. 

Unfortunately, all of these phenomena are still widespread in our globalized food system and present in all kinds of food production. All around the world, we can hear cases of women working long hours for as little as $2.50 a day with no healthcare or pension. Children as young as 8 years-old who perform hard physical labor, unable to go to school. Toxic chemicals causing serious injuries to workers without adequate safety equipment. People who have their passports retained and are forced into labour. Though this makes tomatoes, meat, prawns and chocolate cheaper… someone, somewhere is paying the true cost for our food choices.

Thankfully, we can CHANGE this. 
By choosing FAIR food, we strive to ensure social justice by:

  • Supporting labor conditions that respect people and their rights, and
  • The pursuit of balanced global economies through the practice of empathy, solidarity and respect for cultural diversities and traditions.

For this week’s menu, we’ve gathered resources for you to watchread and listen to get you acquainted with FAIR food. We encourage you to go through this content and share your thoughts, reflections and feelings with your friends, family and with all of us! So, here it is and once again… enjoy!

MENU OF THE WEEK

WATCH
This is the last to-watch list of this challenge. We must admit, it’s quite a good list! Check it out and when you do enjoy it, share it with your communities and tag us! 

Dolores (2017)
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history.  She tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside famed labor leader Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century— and she continues the fight to this day, at age 90. 

Slaves in Italy? 
A free YouTube documentary following Yvan Sagnet from Cameroon and his battle against modern slavery in Italy’s agricultural sector. Sagnet once worked as a low-wage farmhand. Now he is fighting for the rights of seasonal farmworkers, taking criminal recruiters or gangmasters to court. 

Doughnut Economics
Though not directly linked to food, this eye-opening TED talk goes into what a sustainable, universally beneficial economy could look like, and how we can create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits. 

Rotten 
A Netflix documentary series that exposes the fraud, corruption and the negative consequences that today’s global food industry has on our health. Nobody’s hands are clean. 

The Story of Chocolate 
A free short-film by the Fair Trade Foundation, which looks at the unfairness of the chocolate industry and how Fairtrade is working towards a living income for cocoa farmers. 

Omelia Contadina
A free-to-watch, beautifully-made “cinematic action” about peasant farming by JR and Alice Rohrwacher, together with the inhabitants of Italy’s Alfina plateau.

READ

Last but not least, we have gathered three stories of inspiring people from our Slow Food network who are working towards FAIR food. Excited to read what they are doing and why? You can find the stories hereWant to get your eyes on more? Here are our book suggestions:

  • Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All by O. Hesterman, is an enlightening and inspiring guide! It talks about changing what we eat as well as changing how we grow, package, deliver, market and sell our food! 
  • Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work, by R. Oppenlander goes into how achieving sustainability must extend through many layers, including ecological, economic, social and ethical ones! And hey, we could do that through our food!

LISTEN
We hope you enjoyed last week’s podcast! Did that intro make you want to dance or sing along? Get ready for another episode!  Find it on Spotify, iTunes, Google 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!

  • The Vivo Life Show with Josh Bolding, especially
      Episode 3 – Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

      Episode 6 Season 2 – Fire, Farms and playing your part 
  • The Plant Based News Podcast Episode 38 – Urban farmer and permaculture expert

ENJOY
Did you like all of the content above and want more? Premiering tomorrow, Tuesday the 16th at 17:00 CET you can watch the story of BARIKAMÀ, a sustainable and ethical yogurt made by migrants. It’s a story about making food but also a story of resilience, creativity and solidarity.  

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 27th 16:00 CET

The end is in sight! In two weeks you’ll be an expert and you might want to meet other experts! We will be hosting a the-end-of-the-challenge-call on Saturday the 27th of February at 16:00 (CET). So, mark your calendar and join us then!

Go read, listen and watch! 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!