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Slow Food USA is going on the road to meet with the next generation of food movement leaders—and our last stop is Twitter! On Friday, October 21st at 4pm EST, @JoshViertel will host a live Twitter chat with students across the country #SlowFoodEDU. The topic of discussion is the current state of food and farming, and what students can do to grow the movement for better food.

The Twitter party will serve as the exclamation mark to a 3-day campus tour from Oct. 16 to 19—when Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel will be hitting up the Northeast, chatting with hundreds of college and high school students about the role of young people in the food movement.

While engaging students in the fight for better food policies is not new to Slow Food (our Slow Food on Campus program is growing and is now active on 47 campuses nationwide!), Josh’s campus tour is happening at an important time:

  • Now, more than ever, students are demanding to know the story behind their food.

  • At the same time, students face mounting challenges to accessing good, clean, and fair food—especially if they have limited income, little time to cook and eat, and restricted options in their dining halls. There is a reason why students often lead a fast food way of life.

  • Many students are getting fed up with the broken food systems and they are hungry for change and accountability on their campuses and in their communities.