Schools have an enormous potential when it comes to changing the future of the food system.
According to Alice Waters they can choose to create direct relationships with local farmers, commit to buying their products at a fair price for the producer, taking into account the true cost of delivering it from farm to fork, and the hard work of the producers themselves.
This idea, school-supported agriculture, has the power to enact radical change, and it’s a realistic project. Today schools in the United States are among the largest buyers of fast food. What would happen if the same sums were spent on supporting good, clean and fair agriculture? We’re talking about enormous numbers of people, and enormous buying power, considering every layer of the school system from kindergartens to universities.
This is the proposal of Alice Waters, Vice President of Slow Food, chef and author, activist for food education and owner of the restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 1996 she created the Edible Schoolyard Project, which in over 20 years has contributed to the spread urban gardening and the value of a healthier food culture among the next generation.
The Food Talks are new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it. The full episode with Alice Waters will be released on December 3.
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