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slow food FOOD + WINE
that it’s all the fault of the big, bad supermarket chains. Shoppers themselves
demand a certain level of conformity in the produce they buy, and more fool
the supermarket that stocks anything but.
Meanwhile, natural boundaries of seasons and regions have all but gone. If
it’s out of season or not grown here, retailers import because we demand it.
And so we pay extra for freight and handling while local apples rot on trees.
“Our work is as much about educating the consumer as supporting the
grower,” says Pauline Tresise, co-leader of Perth’s Slow Food Convivium.
WA has three more Slow Food branches: Southern Forests (Pemberton),
Denmark and Margaret River. Chef Sophie Zalokar, leader of the Southern
Forests convivium, sees her role as identifying and helping preser ve indigenous
and migrant food culture. “I want people to engage with the fact that food is
as important to culture as, say, sport. It is not an easy shift to make among the
decision-makers, from consumers right through to the policy makers.”
All over the world, the Slow Food movement is gaining momentum. In
Bali, they’re teaching families to grow the nutritious, but neglected, wing bean.
The fast-food lifestyle means we’re turning our backs
on better eating options. Meet the people dedicated to
the idea of Slow Food words Jane Cornes
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