MAY 2014 – NEWSLETTER 5

Dear partners,

Welcome to the Grundtvig’s “Learning for better food” Newsletter Number 5!Mobility at Youth Food Movement – What happened?

 Welcome to our mobility, welcome to the Food Film Festival in the Netherlands!

On Saturday morning we started with an interesting international meeting where some other members of the Slow Food Youth Network were also in attendance. Joris Lohman ? the director of the Youth Food Movement ? kicked off the meeting by highlighting the importance of the movement and emphasizing how this movement can change the world because of the people coming together from all over to world and joining forces, which can make a huge impact!

 

After the meeting, it was time to taste the specialties from the Netherlands and to get more knowledge about our Food (System) at the Food Film Festival.  At the terrain, a local market was organized, where producers were enabled to let the visitors of the festival see and taste their locally produced food. There, one of the stands was occupied by the Ark of Taste of Slow Food.
? The Arc of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats… ?

Other stands were filled with many more producers, like beekeepers, sausage makers, etc., who got the chance to explain to the visitors about their product as well!

From the discovery of the local products, we moved to the documentary area where the documentary ?Seeds of Time? was shown. This documentary addressed the problem of the loss of biodiversity. The diversity of edible crops is declining rapidly and is putting the future of our food at risk. From viewing this movie, different important question arise, such as ?who is responsible for maintaining biodiversity??

? Miriam Guttmann
After the documentary, there was room to ask even more questions and to have discussions in the presence of Edie Mukiibi, an important key player within the Slow Food Youth Network and involved in the 10 000 Gardens Project in Africa.

After this first day of the Food Film Festival, everybody could choose to join the dinner prepared by Joris Bijdendijk, a chef of the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance, to taste the biodiversity we have to preserve !
? These chefs support small producers, the custodians of biodiversity, by using products from the Presidia projects and the Ark of Taste, as well as local fruits, vegetables and cheeses, in their kitchens ?
The menu he prepared was vegetarian and focused on seasonal products. There was an option to have some meat or fish ? however, the meat and fish were carefully chosen. For example, the fish was caught by the Goede Vissers, people who only catch their fish according to old and sustainable principles in the Dutch ?Waddenzee?.

The next day, the last day of the Festival, we attended the presentation of Joel Salatin. This American farmer gave us new insight into a holistic view of farming. He is not calling for only small scale, organic farming, but rather he calls for a way of thinking about agriculture and the Food System that goes ?beyond organic?. More and more people are attracted to his way of thinking.
 ? Nichon Glerum