What is slow food?
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Information is from the Slow Food website: http://www.slowfoodusa.org/
What is real food?
“Real Food” is a holistic term we’re using to bring together a lot of different ideas people have about just and sustainable food. We’re talking about food that is ethically produced, with fair treatment of workers, equitable relationships with farmers (locally and abroad), and humanely treated animals. It’s food that is environmentally sustainable, grown without chemical pesticides, large-scale mono-cropping, or huge carbon footprints. Real Food is food that is healthy, tastes good, builds community, and has the potential to inspire broad-scale social change. You can call it ‘green’ or fresh, ‘local’ or ‘organic.’ But we’re talking about more than supermarket labels. That’s why we think about Real Food in the context of our entire food system, from farm to plate as food that truly nourishes people, communities, and the earth. In practice, we have broken down real food into 4 categories: local, fair, ecologically sound, and humane.”Information from the Real Food website: http://realfoodchallenge.org/
At UConn we aim to improve the culture of food on campus by:
- Purchasing more local/organic foods
- Enjoying whole and healthy foods
- Learning the origins of our food
- Supporting local farmers
Real Slow Food at UConn works in conjunction with the Department of Dining Services/Whitney Local Routes and UConn EcoGarden. Students choose a sustainable approach to gardening. Produce from the garden is sold to Whitney Dining!