International Seminar Series: Slow Food – Act Globally, Eat Locally
Title of Presentation: Slow Food: Act Globally, Eat Locally
Speaker: Terra Brockman, Author, Speaker, Founder of The Land Connection.
Presentation Overview: Carlo Petrini founded Slow Food in Italy in 1986 to highlight connections between the food we eat and its impact on people and the planet. As an “eco-gastronomic” movement, Slow Food connects environmental sustainability (eco) with culture and food (gastronomy). Today, Slow Food has over 150,000 members and is active in more than 150 countries. The organization has many evolving programs, all of which are enacted and adapted locally, but linked globally. In this presentation, Terra Brockman discusses her involvement with Slow Food. Overall, Slow Food seeks to establish local and global food systems that are “good, clean, and fair.” This means that everyone should have access to food that tastes great and is therefore nutrient-dense (good); is grown in a way that does not pollute soil, air, water, or the food itself (clean); and treats agricultural and food workers with dignity and justice (fair).
Speaker Bio: Terra Brockman is a writer, speaker, and founder of The Land Connection, which works to save farmland, train new farmers, and connect consumers with fresh local foods. She is the author of The Seasons on Henry’s Farm, which was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2010. She has been honored with a Green Award from Chicago Magazine, a Good Eating Award from the Chicago Tribune, and a rural achievement award from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. Her family has farmed in Central Illinois for four generations.
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2017 series will focus on food justice and sustainability.