Food is always at the center of our holidays, to bring families together and usher in joy and peace. As Slow Foodies, we love to talk about how breaking bread at a common table brings people from all walks of life together and creates peace. Our world is aching for peace now more than ever. But we are also seeing how food is being weaponized and politicized, and actively damaging communities in Gaza and the West Bank. We echo Slow Food International’s call for peace below and invite our community to engage with knowledge, empathy and action.
— Anna Mulè, executive director, Slow Food USA
We are all deeply affected by yet another terrible conflict.
We are in touch with our local leaders in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Jordan, and all they wish for is for an immediate end to all violence and the building of peace, just like all of us. We make again a call to all to work together for peace for all people, everywhere.
We condemn the widespread distribution of weapons rather than food and water, the dropping of bombs on civilian zones instead of the sowing of the seeds for food. If the same amount of resources and attention invested in manufacturing, transporting and distributing weapons, would be stopped and redirected to food and water, we would not only achieve food security, but also global peace.
Slow Food President