Many people have asked me what one has to do to become Slow Food. Do we have to cut off our favorite treats and meals? Do we have to ban meat from our bellies? Do we restrict ourselves from eating anywhere that does not come from a local farmer’s market? No, as Slow Foodies we have only committed to eating with our minds. We take on the responsibility of understanding the food that we eat and consider consumption as a collective entity. Our food system has become naturalized. Anything we want to eat is at our fingertips, but we never stop to think if that is healthy. If strawberries are seasonal in the summer, what does it mean to have them in the winter? It’s time to ask some questions.
We know that our choices do not only affect ourselves, but all living things on this Earth. So do I indulge in a cheeseburger at my favorite restaurant? Yes! But I make the conscious effort to understand the impact of that cheeseburger on my health, society and the environment. And do I buy all my food at the local farmer’s market? No, but I try to make an effort to support my community when I can. Slow Food encourages us simply to try and incorporate food not only into our stomachs, but our minds and our hearts.
So what can you do to be Slow Food?
- Check out the Eat Well Guide. This site is a great resource to find local, sustainable and organic farms, markets and restaurants in your area.
- See what NU’s dining services are doing to bring healthy, local options to campus.
- Picking seasonal foods is a sustainable practice that ensures fresh, tasty produce. Don’t know what is in season? Field to Plate has a listing of seasonal foods to help you distinguish what is most in season.
- Listen to the greatest minds in food, health and sustainability at TED. Just type “food” into the search bar.
- Get involved in the community through food by searching for volunteer opportunities at Boston Cares.
- Read up! Michael Pollan has written bestsellers like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and Food Rules.
- Become closer to your food by cooking it! Some of my favorite recipe blogs are The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Your Vegan Mom and They Draw and Cook.
- Write your local representative about food related policy.
- Understand what is actually in your food by reading the food label.
- Join us for a Slow Food NU meeting Thursdays at 7:30pm!