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Slow Food Movement Beckons America’s Youth

New York City, NY: Slow Food USA is pleased to announce the expansion of their Slow Food membership chapters to college and university campuses across the country. In response to demand from college aged students eager to get involved in the national conversation about food and the environment, Slow Food USA and its program Slow Food in Schools, will bring together a diverse group of students who are passionate about food and sustainability issues. Slow Food on Campus chapters (called Campus Convivia) will hold events and conduct projects to engage the campus and larger community in dialogue about the state of the food system. By sharing the pleasures of the table and the garden with their classmates, these students will promote good, clean, and fair food on our nation’s college campuses.

Through the creation of Campus Convivia, students will educate their peers about food and sustainability, while learning about and impacting their regional food community. Members of Slow Food on Campus will initiate projects that reflect their concern for the social, environmental, and economic issues facing the food system; these projects might include organic garden planting, food policy study groups, dinners featuring endangered foods, or collaborations with campus food service about local and seasonal procurement.

Students will have the opportunity to work within their community, but will also become connected to the National and International Slow Food community. Schools on board so far include Yale, Princeton, Carleton, Le Cordon Bleu (Atlanta), University of Puget Sound, and many more.

The impact of this initiati ve reaches far beyond the dorm room and college green. By inviting a new generation to the table, Slow Food hopes to galvanize a new group of people in support of food that is good, clean, and fair.

ABOUT SLOW FOOD: Slow Food (www.slowfood.com) was founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Today the movement exists in over 50 countries and has over 80,000 members and supporters. Slow Food USA (www.slowfoodusa.org) has 15,000 members and oversees a number of programs including Slow Food in Schools, the Ark of Taste, and Slow Food Presidia.

?Slow Food’s straightforward message is hard to argue with: Foods and food preservation that have given culinary
pleasure for decades (or much longer) should be treasured and preserved.?
? The Washington Post

??knowing where food comes from can change the way you relate to the world, to your friends and to yourself.
And it can also result in a mighty good muffin.?
? The New York Times


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