By Aimee Campbell
Slow Food USA
When I started at Slow Food USA a few months ago, I asked everyone I met:
How I can learn more about this movement?
Little did I know someone would be asking me this same question almost every day!
Here are some recommended resources for learning more about Slow Food, the movement, the issues, and the “slow” way of life. Have other suggestions? Post them here and share with us all.
Michael Pollan, “Food Movement Rising”
Josh Viertel, “Why Big Ag Won’t Feed the World”
Eric Schlosser, “Slow Food for Thought”
Michael Pollan, “An Open Letter to the Next Farmer in Chief”
Jane Black, “The New Front in the Culture Wars: Food”
Kurt Friese, “How I beat KFC’s Family Meal Challenge”
If you decide to add any of these books or documentaries to your home library, please use these links – 15% of your purchase price will come back to Slow Food USA and support national campaigns to make good, clean, and fair food more accessible and affordable for everyone.
Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution
Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)
The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
The Pleasures of Slow Food: Celebrating Authentic Traditions, Flavors, and Recipes
Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All
Nourish: Food + Community [HD DVD]
Grown in Detroit
Websites & Organizations
Slow Food International
The international parent organization of Slow Food USA
Find Fresh, Local Food:
Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Comprehensive, accurate information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture, and links to farms that sell all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products.
Thousands of listings for family farms, restaurants, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, U-pick orchards and more.
Cook Good Food:
Food52 grew out of the idea that the best recipes come from home cooks. Home cooks are practical and inventive, and these qualities lead to great recipes.
Articles, cooking tips, interviews, recipes, podcasts, food news, blog posts to help put real food at the center of life.
The EatingWell mission is to provide the inspiration and information people need to make healthy eating a way of life.
Grow Your Own:
Kitchen Gardeners International
Tools to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems.
An organization dedicated to bringing fresh, sustainably-grown produce from regional farmers to the local grocery store.
Farm Aid works to create more markets for family farmers, giving more people the opportunity to access farm food.
National Family Farm Coalition
The National Family Farm Coalition represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities.
Civil Eats is a blog with many contributors on a variety of food-related topics that promote critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities.
The personal blog of the celebrated food writer, cookbook author, television personality, and avid home cook working to “get people cooking simply, comfortably, and well.”
FoodCorps places motivated young leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service, doing hands-on nutrition education, building school gardens, and bringing high-quality local foods into public school cafeterias.
A national initiative of young food activists that promotes “a people’s movement for real food solutions.”
Real Food Challenge
The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system. Their primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020.
This grassroots organization is made up of young farmers whose mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of farmers.
CoFed is a national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses.
The website of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, shaping how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.
US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA)
This organization works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system.