Mother Jones at Slow Food Nations

Slow Food USA is hosting the third annual Slow Food Nations festival in Denver, Colorado. It’s a food festival for all, but especially thinkers, doers, and conscious eaters like you! See Alice Waters and Ron Finley speak at the Leader Summit, meet rising talent like chefs Regina Escalante Bush and Pierre Thiam, taste your way through the free-entry Taste Marketplace on historic Larimer Square, or enjoy free speaker sessions on everything from regenerative agriculture to the magic of fermentation. 

In school, we’re taught about the food web: the interlocked and interrelated series of food chains in an ecosystem. Outside of school, the food web can very well mean something else entirely. At Slow Food Nations, we start with food and branch outward. Food links to every aspect of our lives – politics, science, people and chefs, our cultures, the environment, our families. All of these connections create a new web, full of pathways meant to be explored and questions to be asked. Slow Food Nations gives way to adventure and answers, and our array of events displays the immensity of the food web and allows each guest to go on a journey within it. Slow Food is a global network of individuals and communities working for good, clean, and fair food for all, and this event invites you into the heart of the movement. The Slow Food Nations team has curated some event recommendations just for Mother Jones.

EVENTS

Saturday, 7/20

Reducing Food Waste in Restaurants

Climate Change
July 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

From May to June 2019, Certifiably Green Denver, through the NRDC's Food Matters project, held a Restaurant Food Waste Pilot in Denver's Highland neighborhood. Working with 10 restaurants, the pilot encouraged restaurants to reduce and track their food waste, increased awareness and improved waste diversion. Chefs and restaurant staff helped

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Free

Meet Your Maker: Bee Squared Apiaries Honey

Biodiversity Matters
July 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bees are true samplers of the environment, and honey produced in different geographic areas will taste dramatically different depending on the available nectar-producing plants.Come sample honeys from across the globe. Throughout the guided tasting, Beth Conrey, an engaging speaker and founder of Bee Squared Apiaries, will explain how ecosystem biodiversity

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$20

The Future of Farming

Climate Change, Dig into Farms, Surf and Turf
July 20, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This intimate conversation pairs veteran farmers with young farmers to discuss the future of agriculture in this country.

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Free

Policy Advocacy, Slow Food Style

Justice is Served
July 20, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The world of policy can be an intimidating one, especially for many folks in the good food movement who would probably prefer digging in the soil to digging into complex policy proposals. Policy is an important part of our work however, and as advocates of a Good, Clean, and Fair

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Free

Sunday, 7/21

Food on the 2020 Ballot

Justice is Served
July 21, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

For at least three election cycles, food and agriculture issues have taken a back seat to identity politics, homeland security and healthcare reform. But this spring, the very first presidential forum for the 2020 election put farmers' rights and Big Food monopolies at the fore. From how to regulate

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Free

Indigenous Youth for a Sustainable Future

July 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This panel will feature indigenous youth sharing projects, challenges and solutions for a promising future. Hosted by the Slow Food Turtle Island Association.

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FREE

The Future of Slow Meat

Climate Change, Dig into Farms
July 21, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The future of meat may very well lie in the soil of regenerative agriculture. Practices that were once considered conservationist are becoming more widespread as efforts expand to improve water retention, increase nutrient-density and reduce erosion or run-off. Wondering where meat comes into play? Considering the greenhouse gas emissions created

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$50

Zero Waste Community Supper

Climate Change
July 21, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Zero Waste Community Supper to witness the innovation and creativity of chefs with this pre-service style meal. You'll be inspired by how delicious leftovers can be!

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$65
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