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Celebrating Sustainability

September 1, 2008

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How did you celebrate your holiday weekend? From August 29th to September 1st over 60,000 people in San Francisco attended Slow Food Nation—the largest celebration of American food and sustainability. This celebration included dinner under the stars with locally grown food, a press briefing from famous slow-food advocates, a “Slow Dinner” event and a seminar with an all-star lineup including, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser and others. Click here to find out about the other weekend events.

During the press briefing Pollan said, “Slow Food is driven by a concern about agricultural policies in this country and the ultimate goal is to provide healthy food for everyone.” During the briefing visitors also heard from the executive director of Slow Food Nation, Anya Fernald. She said, “We’re trying to bring food back into the area of nature and culture, something our society has fallen away from over the past couple of generations.

Slow Food’s philosophy is that food is about much more than cooking and eating. It’s about understanding where your food comes from and the energy and care that went into cultivating and nurturing it. Representatives of Slow Food Nation were aiming for 60,000 attendees this year and successfully hit that mark. They can only hope for more people next year.

Are you a slow-food supporter? Find out more about the benefits of eating locally, here.