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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

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Treechangers change country culture

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Making the connection to food

One of the most basic area of connection for the slow movement is in the area of food – all aspects of the food system. This means we need to connect to:

  • Traditional seeds;
  • Food production;
  • Food sourcing;
  • Food buying;
  • Food preparation;
  • Traditional recipes and ingredients;
  • Food consumption; and
  • Waste food disposal.

Our connection to our food is as important as the food itself.

Food is part of our cultural identity and cultural heritage. The slow movement aims to preserve this identity, and to keep the connection between the food we eat and the land it comes from. In preserving our cultural heritage the slow movement and the slow food movement in particular also preserves our physical environment by supporting and promoting sustainable systems of agriculture such as organic and biodynamic, and the use of traditional seeds and agricultural practices.

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Slow connection

People from some western countries may feel they lack traditional foods and recipes, but this isn’t so. Sure fast-food may reign supreme, but there is still a legacy of traditional foods waiting to be rediscovered.

One of the first things we can do to connect with our food is to grow some of our own food. Just a couple of vegies or a fruit tree makes a lot of difference in our connection to our food and in the amount of environmental damage created by commercial food production. What we don’t grow ourselves we can purchase directly from the producer if we have the opportunity, or from as close to the producer, in the sale chain, as possible. Eating from our foodshed has always been important in terms of our own health, the economic health of our community, and the resilience of our community. Gary Paul Nabhan has written a great book Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods which explores dietary and spiritual subsistence questions such as 'Does it matter where our food comes from? Do we, our communities, and the planet do better if we choose food grown by local sources we trust?' Nabhan reminds us that eating close to home is an act of deep cultural and environmental significance.

There are many different community food systems operating that we can choose from, such as box schemes, community supported agriculture, consumer groups, U-Pick-It farms, roadside stalls, and farmers’ markets.

With the emphasis on traditional food production systems and sustainability, we need to ensure that the food we buy is organic. This not only helps our environment but our bodily health by providing wholesome nutrients and healing ingredients to our immune system.