Oregonian: “Slow Food Portland moves faster on social activism”

Today’s Oregonian ran a feature article on Slow Food Portland and the gradual evolution of the Slow Food Movement! Including interviews with the Oregon Food Bank, the Community Food Security Coalition, and PCUN, the story outlines a bit of Slow Food’s increasing attention to food justice and our local efforts to partner with the organizations that are already doing on-the-ground work. From the article:

The 600-member Portland chapter — the first in the United States, founded in 1991 — is deeply engaged in this shift away from pleasure only and toward policy issues. Its planned events for later this spring include a reality tour of, no, not a craft brewery, but farmworker housing. They also anticipate discussions on Oregon’s need for fair-trade certification that goes beyond imported chocolate and coffee.

As our local chapter moves forward and reaches out to more individuals, it is important that we show people how broad and inclusive the tenants of Slow Food really are. Food is such a universal benchmark of human experience – one that we can connect to on different levels, no matter our station in life. Yet there is a common misconception that Slow Food only advocates for one narrowly-prescribed set of tastes and values, when the truth is that we hope to inspire people to connect with their own tastes and food cultures. When the Oregon Food Bank’s Sharon Thornberry attended Terra Madre in 2006, she was struck by the diversity of people that were working with Slow Food:

“Slow Food has an elitist image, but there we were with vegetable growers from Eritrea, where there’s immense poverty, and fishermen from Spain and Japan,” Thornberry said. “It sets a neutral stage for people to try to understand each other.”

So make sure to read today’s article, and keep an eye on the blog, our events calendar, and our email newsletter for upcoming events that balance fair food with delicious flavors.

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