SLOW FOOD YOUTH NETWORK (SFYN)
The Slow Food Youth Network
The Slow Food Youth Network is celebrating food culture and local tastes and reducing food waste while championing sustainability and biodiversity in their communities and around the world.
The SFYN connects the up-and-coming generation of passionate Slow Food members around the globe. Spurred by extra energy, innovative ideas and solutions that uphold the Slow Food philosophy are shared. While upholding the Slow Food principle that food should be good, clean and fair for all, SFYN leaders are inspiring change in how we produce and consume our food on the local and global levels. The Youth Network extends its reach across the globe through community-based events like Disco Soupe celebrations, Eat-Ins, and Food Film Festivals.
SFYN around the world
Students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences and other universities together with young farmers, fishers, artisans, chefs and activists launched the SFYN in 2007. Today the network is represented in many countries – from South Korea to France, the USA and Mexico.
Stories of the Slow Food Youth Movement
With Earth Month coming to a close, I wanted to reflect on one of my former “zero-waste” habits that I’ve tossed out the window. I used to love strolling the well-stocked aisles of Sprouts or Whole Foods, cotton produce bags in hand, ready to fill up on all the bulk bin goodies. Whether it was stocking up on dried fruit, rolled oats, or nuts, I thought I was doing the planet a favor by buying everything in bulk without packaging – that is until I met Alex Willson, a pecan farmer and expert on all-things nuts.
One is hidden in the alley behind a used bookstore. Another is tucked in the corner of a Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant. A third is proudly displayed along the sidewalk near a local art gallery. Most are on the South Side of Chicago, some on the West Side, and a few are scattered throughout the middle.
The website Uncle Sam’s Immigrant Cafe was launched in 2017 with the mission to showcase immigrant restaurateurs in pursuit of their American Dream. Volunteer writers from across the United States are asked to submit pieces telling the story of their favorite immigrant-owned restaurant. Stories are published to the website and readers are asked to patronize these restaurants.