Leaders in Food and Sustainability To Cook up Change

DENVER, Colo. — June 1, 2017 — This July, renowned leaders in the good food and sustainability movement – including founder of the global Slow Food movement Carlo Petrini, acclaimed musician Jack Johnson and New York Times national food correspondent Kim Severson – will descend upon downtown Denver for Slow Food Nations: a festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all.

Carlo Petrini, founder of the global Slow Food movement, will be at Slow Food Nations this July to help share the stories of people around the world taking ownership of their local food systems. Petrini will participate in the free, public opening address: “Love the Earth, Defend the Future” on Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. along with Jack Johnson, Alice Waters, Michel Nischan, and Ron Finley, to discuss taking action to protect the future of food. Petrini, along with Barry C. Lynn, Director of Open Market at the New America Foundation, will also explore the promise of food sovereignty from Chiapas to Morocco to North Carolina in the “Food and Freedom” workshop on Sunday July 16 at 10:30 a.m.

“The people that will gather at Slow Food Nations will show us that an alternative and more sustainable food system is possible,” Petrini said. “These stories will teach us we must forge alliances and work in partnership toward a common goal. Slow Food Nations will be the platform for meeting and discussion in North America for people coming from all over the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, Canada and Africa.”

Best known for his guitar playing and his dedication to greening of the music industry, Jack Johnson lined up his 2017 summer tour to coincide with Slow Food Nations and his Johnson Ohana Foundation supported delegates from Hawaii to attend. Johnson’s All At Once social action network encourages individuals to make a positive change in their local and world community by connecting with nonprofit groups and taking environmental action. Slow Food is an All At Once Non-Profit Partner in the Village Green at Johnson’s Denver concerts July 13 and 14.

“On tour, we encourage people to take action in support of sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives,” Johnson said. “I am inspired by Slow Food and their commitment to make Slow Food Nations a plastic-free and zero waste event and to raise awareness about how our food choices can positively impact how food is grown.”

At Slow Food Nations, Johnson will participate in the opening address and a cook-off on the main stage with Michel Nischan, Ed Kenney and Jennifer Jasinski at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, also free and open to the public.

Kim Severson, national food correspondent for the New York Times and award winning food writer and author, will act as host and Master of Ceremonies at Slow Food Nations, including the opening address.

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