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The Community Spirit

Slow Food's vision of cooperation and development is based on food as a driving force for change. Its is a holistic approach which centres round food but encompasses other issues-biodiversity and environmental protection, promotion of local communities and their traditions and culture, just remuneration for producers-normally viewed as separate.

Slow Food believes that by protecting its food products, plant varieties and animal breeds, it is also possible to protect a community.

Hence its coining of the term "Food Communities" to describe the many trades and professions involved in the food production and supply chain; from seed savers, cooks, farmers and fishers to wild food gatherers, livestock breeders, scholars and others still.
There are now Food Communities in over 130 countries, joined together in a network in which the watchword is "cooperation".

Besides playing a fundamental role in food security and sovereignty, the protection of local food products also has a strong social and cultural impact. Slow Food's micro-interventions round the world have great symbolic significance for each single community.
True, they help solve crises and produce economic results, but they also do much, much more than that. By raising the profile of the culture a food product represents they restore pride and dignity to the people who grow and process it. Besides providing money and aid, they also instil confidence and motivation.

The Food Community Model in Slow Food's Action in Africa


Development and cooperation - Overview


Around the World in 80 Slow Food Projects


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Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe
Belgium | 03/07/2014
The European Commission has adopted the Communication "Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe" to establish a common and coherent EU framework to promote the circular economy.

Find out more here.

Slow Food Italy Comments on the Start of Italy’s Six-Month European Presidency
Belgium | 02/07/2014
“Italy’s presidency of the European Union will undoubtedly be a unique occasion for our country to set the pace on important issues, firstly the regulations on seeds and GMOs, but also animal welfare and the right to food,” said Gaetano Pascale, the president of Slow Food Italy. “That’s why we are sending our best wishes to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his team. We hope Italy will leave its mark on the future of Europe, bringing important reforms for the economy and policies on agriculture, energy and immigration. We also hope to see the creation of a Common Agricultural Policy that takes a holistic approach to the food system, contributing to the fight against waste, the protection of biodiversity and greater support for the role of local producers and consumers. Renzi said that he hopes Europe will find its soul. We at Slow Food are ready to work hard every day to help that happen.”

What is the impact of neonicotinoids on biodiversity and ecosystems?
United Kingdom | 27/06/2014

This video highlights the results of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment report on the use of neonicotinoids and provides a comprehensive, independent analysis on the use of systemic pesticides and their consequences.

EU: Yes to “Mountain Product” Designation
Belgium | 25/06/2014
The European Union has said yes. And now the European farmers and food producers who work and live in the mountains,...

Feeding the 5000!
Belgium | 16/06/2014
Back in April, Feeding the 5000 landed in Brussels, bringing a strong message against food waste to town. Slow Food and the Slow Food Youth Network were partners of the event.

Check out the video below to find out more about the day and all the partners involved.

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