Chicken: At What Cost?

Chicken: At What Cost?

Yet another food industry scandal has erupted, this time revealing that potentially deadly bacteria is present on two thirds of chicken sold in the UK. Slow Food UK responds to the latest controversy surrounding factory farming. Is there a better way to produce our meat? And what can we do as consumers?
Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre | 23-27th of October 2014

Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre | 23-27th of October 2014

Salone del gusto returns in Turin, Italy, from the 23rd till the 27th of October 2014 and will be held in the trade fair centre of the city, Lingotto Fiere.
Slow Food Founders' Day in Scotland

Slow Food Founders’ Day in Scotland

United Kingdom - 08 Jun 14 After a UK re-structuring that paved the way for separate bodies for Scotland, Wales and England, a one-day event saw the birth of the Scottish arm of the organization with a gathering of Scotland’s leading food campaigners... Read More.
Interview with Chef Alliance member Darina Allen|The Ballymaloe Cookery School

Interview with Chef Alliance member Darina Allen|The Ballymaloe Cookery School

Last month we had the pleasure to interview Darina Allen, one of Ireland’s most famous cook and a best-selling author.
Slow Food UK collaborates with Mikron Theatre Company

Slow Food UK collaborates with Mikron Theatre Company

Slow Food UK collaborates with Mikron Theatre Company: “Harvey now has a choice. He can make an inferior product, or he can source the very best ingredients and make the finest ice-cream in the world.”

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Slow Food UK
August 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Rising #GreenhouseGasEmissions, increasing amounts of wasted water,fast growing populations, and the middle-class' growing demand for #meat are destroying #land and #resources, and is leading us down a path of no return.

The global #foodsystem has to radically change now in order to be #sustainable. We must focus on smarter #agriculture, which will allow us to keep feeding people for the coming decades.

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Climate change will trigger global food crisis, says World Bank official - Blue and Green Tomorrow

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Slow Food UK
August 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Our choices about what to #eat can have a significant impact on the health of the #planet and its ability to continue producing food for a growing population. #Organic foods, #locally produced foods, in-#season produce, and #vegetarian foods tend to be some of the most #sustainable ways to eat.

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Eat This, Save the World: The 8 Eco-Friendliest Foods

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Slow Food UK
August 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

The number of superstores is increasing, and industrialised global food producers continue to dominate the #foodmarket. Today, 93% of the food is sold through supermarkets in the UK. Their shelves are full of food produced abroad for a pittance coming from unsustainable sources. What's more is that most supermarket chains are structurally incapable of embracing the concept of a #localfood supply network... But there is change afoot! Let us not forget that every time we go shopping, we have the power to choose what we buy, and to thereby create the kind of #localeconomy we desire!

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Can supermarkets ever be sustainable?

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Slow Food UK
August 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

The "sale by" date that appears on all food packaging makes us think that food suddenly goes bad and ceases to be edible from one day to the next. Specious! In fact, the “expiry date”, as many of us call it, is an inaccurate representation of a food's shelf-life. Food manufacturers set their own expiry date, as they see fit... There is no food regulation to determine "use by" dates, except for with #rawmilk and eggs. So do manufacturers tend to set overly short shelf-lives for their products? It seems as though manufacturers shorten the expiry dates for marketing reasons; it fits better with the image of an ultra-fresh product. To stop wasting food unnecessarily, it is therefore essential that a legislated authority controls and limits the use of the "Use by’’ label that currently encourages food waste.

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How much food do you waste, discarding after the best-by date?

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Slow Food UK
August 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Have you ever heard of online #farm shops? They are a very easy way to buy #locally produced food and represent a real alternative to the monopoly of supermarkets.

If you care about whether your money is going into the right hands, and where your food is coming from, visit BigBarn CIC or FarmDrop and join one of the UK networks of #sustainable customers.

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Off the shelf: are people finally turning away from supermarkets?

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Slow Food UK
August 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

We could not have described ourselves better than the HuffPost Healthy Living did! Thanks!

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Life in the Slow Food Lane

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Officially begun in Italy in the 1980s as a response to "fast food" and its incursions into regional cuisine and identity, this way of looking at the world through food is much more than just a rejection of industrial food constructs -- it ...

Slow Food UK
August 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Once upon a time, there was a runaway success story of a French supermarket chain. In this shallow, modern world, where appearance takes precedence over substance, fresh #produce experiences the same fate. Any of them that are not perfectly shaped, or not good-looking enough, get thrown away before they ever leave the field.

At the end of the day, the amount of food that is thrown away adds up to one-third of all food produced in the world. Having made this extremely alarming observation, Intermarché, a French supermarket chain, decided to flip this practice on its head, by launching: The Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables project.

We say Bravo for their #sustainable initiative which gives consumers the choice to buy non-flawless, but nevertheless tasty produce but we are somewhat saddened that we need a commercial operation to remind us that "clothes do not make the man" and stunned to belong to world where many go hungry, yet where #edible but misshapen produce have no room in large retailers...

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Intermarché - "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables"

Intermarché launched the Inglorious Fruits&Vegetables, a film, print, poster and radio campaign, celebrating the beauty of the Grotesque Apple, the Ridiculou...

Slow Food UK
August 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

The idea of ubiquity doesn’t suit produce! Getting everything, everywhere at any time makes us lose the precious concept of #seasonalfood.
As it would astonish us to see buds blooming in the middle of Winter or autumn leaves in the beginning of Spring, the fact of being able to eat tomatoes in winter and apples in summer should concern us as much. Quite the reverse, it is becoming more and more common as BBC Good Food pointed out in its recent survey: nine in ten have no idea when well-known fruit and vegetables are at their best.

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Nine in ten don't know when popular fruit and veg are at their best