Perry Scott from SlowFoodUH tells us about the new student-let volunteer group here on campus.
Somewhere in the last few decades we started demanding everything as quickly as physically possible, perhaps influenced by the rise of the “fast food culture” of instant gratification. Life in the 21st century is as hectic as ever and with this on-the-go culture we seldom have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the moment. Slow Food aims to put the enjoyment back in to mealtimes and, let’s face it; food is a common love which unites us all.
Here at the University of Hertfordshire we are starting a student-led, grassroots expression of the international Slow Food movement. We believe that food should be celebrated and aim to do this by invigorating students’ interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices impact the world around us.
Here are just a few of the issues we care about:
- Animal Welfare – We believe that animals used for food should be given a life free of pain and fear in which they are free to express their natural behaviours.
- Food Waste –We believe that in a world where millions are undernourished and resources are limited, reducing food waste is an essential step in achieving a sustainable food system.
- Land Grabbing – The term ‘land grabbing’ is used to describe the purchase or lease of large tracts of fertile land by public or private entities. Imagine that the land your family has worked for generations is suddenly stripped away from you, purchased by wealthy companies or governments simply as a profitable investment for others.
By harnessing these moral philosophies, the Slow Food movement aims to educate about what you are putting in your mouth; using scientific research to help maximize your nutritional intake and provide you with the tools needed to formulate a healthy lifestyle whilst also benefiting the local community.
Still not convinced?
In addition to playing an active role in a revolutionary grassroots campaign and meeting like-minded people at our events throughout the year, you will also receive a certificate acknowledging your commitment to the SlowFood student-led volunteer group from the SU. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a project which will make a difference and will be a very powerful asset on your CV and LinkedIn page. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we don’t bite!
Make food, make friends, make a difference. Come Join Us!