• an international eco-gastronomic, member-supported, non-profit organization
• a movement founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life
• a world network committed to changing the way food is currently produced and consumed
More than 80,000 members in 129 countries that make up 800 convivia, as well as schools, hospitals, institutions and local authorities, together with 1,600 food communities, 5,000 food producers, 1,000 cooks and 400 academics from 150 countries, that represent and participate in Terra Madre
• Defends our right to pleasure
• Promotes good, clean, and fair food
• Supports local food
To do so Slow Food:
• connects producers and co-producers
• educates consumers
• protects biodiversity
• organizes food events
• fosters network-building and exchanges
• Listening for what’s important to people
• Historic Preservation of diverse cultures
• Language barriers are broken
• Cultural differences are celebrated
• Life, Peace, & Existence
• Preservation of life itself
• No words are necessary. It is understood
Even within Michigan there are distinguishable sub regions. These regions are a combination of climate, soils, topography, history and economic activity. But is is all these things that go into making up the concept of “Terroir.” In France the concept is all about protecting tradition but in Michigan it should be all about starting tradition.
Go to full page. By Ron Goldy
“Place-based foods” have a unique taste tied to an ecological niche and/or ethnic or regional heritage of their producers. We can learn from the French. They key for entrepreneurial producers and food-related eateries who wish to cater to travelers and locals who seek local flavor, is to cultivate and prepare foods that are locally grown, tied to the heritage of the area, and that come with a story to be told. Food then becomes a more integrated piece of the local culture and contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Go to full page. By Ginger Hentz
Agricultural Tourism: Activities that include visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operations to enjoy, be educated or be involved in what is happening on the locale.
Go to full page. By Michelle Walk
Presentation based on detailed notes of visit.
Go to full page. By Yvonne (Bonnie) Wichtner-Zoia