Slow Food and Amanprana. Bart Maes and Chantal Voets support Slow Food and Terra Madre
Amanprana founders Bart Maes and Chantal Voets have been Slow Food members since 2009. The Slow Food movement promotes good food, a peaceful lifestyle, a high quality of life and most of all preserving the planet. Slow Food revolves around quality, not quantity. Slow Food also runs the Terra Madre project, which supports small-scale, sustainable and local economies.
Bart Maes and Chantal Voets, the two directors of Noble-House, are members of "Slow Food" since August 31, 2009. The first contact with the association was 10 years ago and also when they first visited the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre in 2006 in Turin.
History of Slow Food and Carlo Petrini
Slow Food was founded as an "eno-gastronomic" (wine and food) association by food activist Carlo Petrini in the small northern Italian town of Bra in 1986. Before Carlo Petrini was the international spokesman of the farmers to protect local food specialties against the world-industrialization of food. In 1986 Carlo organized the protest-actions against fast food chain McDonald’s, when they announced to open a restaurant at the Spanish Steps (Trevi Fountain) in Rome. A few months later Slow Food was born.... It broadened its sights to defend good food, gastronomic pleasure, a slow pace of life, quality of life and the survival of the imperiled planet that we live on. Slow Food has 85.000 interconnected members in 132 countries.
Philosophy of Slow Food
Committed to protect traditional and sustainable quality foods, conserving methods of cultivation and processing and defending biodiversity of cultivated and wild varieties. Defending the wisdom of local communities in harmony with the ecosystems that surrounds them. Slow Food protects historic places and artistic or social value. Eating is an agricultural act. For customers food must be good, clean and fair. Slow food promotes taste education and connects food producers to co-producers (customers) through events and initiatives.
Slow Food also promotes raw milk cheeses (Manifesto in defense of Raw Milk Cheese), is fighting for a GMO-free world (we are capable of transplanting a gene from one species to another, but we are not yet capable of predicting the results of it for the future. GE crops take the choice of what crops to grow out of farmers' hands) and sustainable fishing. Slow Food agrees with the principles of organic agriculture
Terra Madre and Slow Food
Slow food manages Terra Madre, a project to actively support small-scale sustainable local economies. The network today counts 500 food producers from 1600 communities, 100 supporting cooks and 400 academics from 150 countries. In October 2008 the third edition of Terra Madre took place in Turin. It is a world meeting of food communities.
Slow Food Convivia and Presidia
Presidia are small-scale projects to help artisan food producers preserve their traditional processing methods and end-products. Started in 2000, under the operating arm of the Ark of Taste. Convivia are the autonomous and local groups, the 'building blocks' of Slow Food. Convivium activities bring the philosophy of Slow Food to life. They bring relationships with producers, they organize tasting events and seminars, they encourage chefs to use local foods, etc...
Slow Food 'Salone del Gusto'
The Salone del Gusto has been organized every two years since 1996 in Turin by Slow Food, the Piedmont Regional Authority and the City of Turin. The next will be held in October 2010.
Last Salone attracted 172.400 visitors and 567 stands and stalls.
Slow Food President and Vice Presidents
Carlo Petrini is President of Slow Food and Vice-Presidents are Vandana Shiva (India), Alice Waters (USA) and John Kariuki Mwangi (Kenya).
Vandana Shiva is a worldwide environment activist, who tries to protect the world against GMO of Monsanto and educate small farmers in India to work organic. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. Her most recent book is Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge.
Alice Waters has a restaurant "Chez Panisse". In 1996 Waters’s commitment to education led to the creation of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr., Middle School: a one-acre garden, an adjacent kitchen-classroom, and an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum. By actively involving a thousand students in all aspects of the food cycle, The Edible Schoolyard is a model of a public education program that instills the knowledge and values the need to build a humane and sustainable future.
John Kariuki Mwangi tries to defend the biodiversity of agriculture of African countries (Kenya) against the monoculture and dependence of corn.