Who are we?
We are the world’s future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers. The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) was founded to make youth familiar with Slow Food’s philosophy that says that all food should be Good, Clean and Fair. This means that food should be prepared with care and respect, grown as sustainable as possible and that the farmers and producers should get a fair wage.
SFYN raises awareness among young citizens and consumers to encourage and mobilize them in making responsible choices. It wants them to take part in the public debate about current issues, such as how to feed the world, what to do about food waste, and how to produce food as sustainable as possible.
What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is an international organization that stands at the crossroads of ecology, gastronomy, ethics and pleasure. The organization was founded in 1989 as a reaction against the upcoming fast food chains. It opposes the standardization of taste and the growth and unrestrained power of multinationals in the food industry.
Slow Food strives for high quality food, produced in a sustainable way … and, of course, food that tastes good! It is essential, not only for us, but also for the future of the earth to change the present food system. Slow Food promotes small-scale agriculture, protects biodiversity and fights food industry’s politics of endless growth.
Every two years Slow Food organizes a big meeting for a network of food communities and congress in Turin: Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre. People from all over the world who support a sustainable food system gather there to show their artisanal and local products and to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas.
For more information about Slow Food and about its projects visit the website (www.slowfood.com).
What does SFYN do?
The SFYN unites groups of active young Slow Food members from all over the globe into one international network. The local groups independently create original and engaging events aimed at raising awareness about food issues and providing means to take action. SFYN promotes cooperation between the local groups, facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and campaigns internationally. Thus combining the powers of young food activists from all over the world!
What kind of events? Well, for example…
SchnippelDisko / DiscoSoupe
The only club where you are obliged to bring a knife! In the war against food waste, SFYN Germany gathered discarded vegetables and turned them into ‘protest- Suppe’ (protest Soup). The many clubbers ‘schnippled’ (cut) the vegetables to small pieces and made a lovely soup out of it! SchnippelDiscoSoupe is growing bigger and bigger: after Germany, the French picked it up and had already more than 20 DiscoSoupes. Greece followed and even Korea started ‘schnippeling’ vegetables to get attention for waste.
An eat-in is a gastro-political event that strengthens human relationships through sharing food and ideas. People come together and bring a dish that they made themselves according to the ideas of Slow Food.
Food Film Festival Amsterdam
An amazing three-day festival that looks at food from every perspective imaginable. Documentaries celebrating the love for food or highlighting problems in the food system, feature films wherein food plays a big role, but also debates, workshops, a top end restaurant and more. If you want to know more about the Food Film Festival, visit the website!