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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

The definition of ‘fast food’ according to the Wikipedia is food cooked in build and in advance, kept warm or re-heated to order....

Slow Fish a great success

Slow Food in collaboration with the region of Liguria, has just finished celebr4ating the event Slow Fish 2007. It was a great success with 42,000 visitors, a much higher number than expected. ...

National Sea Change Task Force urges more flood studies

ABC Wed Jul 11 07 The Mayor of Maroochy Shire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Joe Natoli, says it could be another 12 months before the CSIRO is able to undertake a flood modelling study in the Sunshine Coast region because the research body is under-funded. ...

Treechangers change country culture

An influx of treechangers into a rural community can keep population levels steady but it can change the needs and expectations within the community. ...

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Making the connection to place

One of the tenets of the Slow Movement is to preserve cultural heritage. This is especially clear in the slow food movement where one of the emphasises is on traditional ways of preparation, serving and consumption of traditional foods, using traditional recipes. The emphasis on cultural heritage is no less important in other areas of the slow movement where we make a deep connection to place, people, and culture.

Cultural heritage refers not only to the physical qualities and attributes (both natural and human-made) of places but also to their historic, or Connection to place
Connection to place
social value for past, present or future generations. These qualities and attributes include such intangible qualities as people’s associations with, or feelings for a place. That is, there are both tangible and intangible aspects to cultural heritage.

We in the west are a mobile population, often seeking connection to place but many times not finding it. Perhaps the inability to develop a deep connection to place is because of the lack of processes whereby this can happen, and because of lack of value placed on connection.

When we focus on developing or maintaining a connection to place our emphasis is on bioregionalism and supporting local economies, and through that, supporting local communities to engage in traditional activities. When we live, work, eat, source our food, and pursue recreation within our bioregion, we are building a connection to place and to the cultural heritage of the bioregion.