We don’t need a law against McDonald’s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse- we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse– Joel Salatin
There is a growing unrest in the United States as we see our government failing to protect its people. Over the past couple of years I have seen millions upon millions of gallons of oil leak into the ocean as we waited for action, I have seen thousands of people lose their jobs and homes while the government continues to support big banks and corporations, I have seen students and veterans getting pepper sprayed and assaulted for standing up for what they believe in and I have seen presidential hopefuls revert to childish tactics just to get ahead. Salatin’s words echo in my head every day. As much as I believe that it is the government’s job to protect its citizens and to hold true the ideals of democracy, I think that has been lost- for now.
Let us continue to fight for fairness, democracy and compassion from our government, but let us also focus on empowering the people. To do so, we must provide them with knowledge and not the kind that is skewed by hatred, fear or money but that which exists in nature.
Throughout my short time working for social justice, I have found myself confused at certain points about what is right and what is wrong. Where does society’s conditioning start and where does it end? But food justice can never be debated. There is a natural order and the Earth always reminds us when it is out of balance. So if you are confused too, let yourself turn to food as it will always be good to you as long as you are good to it.
Our goal at Slow Food NU this year is to share the philosophy of good, clean, fair food for all and to educate our members (and non members!) on how to put that philosophy into practice. We want you to be curious about food in all aspects; where does it come from, who grows or makes it, how can I cook that, what is its impact on myself, others and the Earth? By asking the questions, we can find and execute the solutions with or without the help of our government.
If the government is not going to save us, let us be our own saviors. Who has the power in this country? The people, but only if we choose to use it. So let us take Joel Salatin’s words to heart and work to not just empower ourselves, but others too. And I can’t think of a better way to fuel us for change than a good, hearty meal of Slow Food.
Executive Director, Slow Food NU