SLOW FOOD

There is in­creas­ing de­mand in Noosa for good, clean, eth­i­cally-grown food

Noosa Life and Style - - NEWS -

SLOW food is a move­ment to bring back the beauty of eat­ing. In an era of so-called ‘fast’ food, more peo­ple want to get back to clean, lo­cally pro­duced fare.

WHAT ex­actly is slow food? Slow Food is a global, grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tion with sup­port­ers in 150 coun­tries around the world who are link­ing the plea­sure of good food with a com­mit­ment to their com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Phi­los­o­phy: Slow Food stands at the cross­roads of ecol­ogy and gas­tron­omy, ethics and plea­sure. It op­poses the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of taste and cul­ture. We be­lieve that every­one has a fun­da­men­tal right to the plea­sure of good food and con­se­quently the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the her­itage of food, tra­di­tion and cul­ture that make this plea­sure pos­si­ble. Our as­so­ci­a­tion be­lieves in the con­cept of neo-gas­tron­omy – recog­ni­tion of the strong con­nec­tions be­tween plate, planet, peo­ple and cul­ture.

Vi­sion: We en­vi­sion a world in which all peo­ple can ac­cess and en­joy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

Mis­sion: Slow Food is an in­ter­na­tional grass­roots mem­ber­ship or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­mot­ing good, clean and fair food for all.

Good, Clean and Fair: Slow Food’s ap­proach to agri­cul­ture, food pro­duc­tion and gas­tron­omy is based on a con­cept of food qual­ity de­fined by three in­ter­con­nected prin­ci­ples:

GOOD – a fresh and flavour­some 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.

It de­fends bio­di­ver­sity in our food sup­ply, pro­motes food and taste ed­u­ca­tion and con­nects sus­tain­able pro­duc­ers.

Slow Food Noosa hosts monthly break­fast talks and has es­tab­lished the Snail of Ap­proval to in­spire pro­duc­ers, chefs, restau­rant own­ers and food out­lets to use and pro­mote good, clean, fair in­gre­di­ents from our lo­cal area.

PHOTO: AMBER MACPHER­SON

Slow Food Noosa pres­i­dent Ericka Hack­ett is proud to be part of the Snail of Ap­proval global net­work.

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