Food for Change

The guiding theme of Slow Food events and campaigns around the world in 2018 is Food for Change. We want to influence people’s everyday lives, asking you to think about how you eat, how you shop and how you approach food in general. We want to encourage a broad, widespread revolution of everyday life that brings people together around good, clean and fair food.

This is more urgent than ever before, because the food we eat is having a direct impact on climate change. It impacts our planet and its natural resources,  the lives of food producers, our health and the welfare of animals being farmed for our benefit.

A Cause, a Victim — and a Solution

Climate change conversations often focus on clean energy or transportation emissions. It feels abstract and distant from what we ate for breakfast this morning. But we believe it’s essential to bring food to the conversation. Food for change.

We recognize that food is a cause of climate change. From field to fork, our food system contributes a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. Food is a victim of climate change, too. Drought, desertification, floods, sea-level rise and ocean pollution put our food at risk across the world.

But we are believers in Slow Food, and we want to talk about food as a solution — and a delicious one — to climate change.

When we decide what to eat and how to eat it, we also decide what kind of economy to support, what relationships to prioritize, how we want to protect natural resources and the environment, and how we want to defend the rights of workers and our own health. In all of this, we celebrate that food produced in an environmentally friendly way, with respect for the dignity of its producers, is also more beautiful and delicious.

Slow Food Nations

At the festival this summer, we are connecting food to climate change. As daily consumers and co-producers, what are practical steps we can take to make an impact?