Slow Food – Snail of Approval
In order to help guide our local community to food that is good, clean and fair, Slow Food Boston awards the Snail of Approval to those producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to the Quality, Authenticity and Sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the City of Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
Quality is fundamental—food must taste good and be good for us. Quality includes: the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients; the care and craft with which they are handled; the quality of life of consumers, producers and their neighbors. It is a standard of Quality based on food that is good, clean and fair.
Authenticity means that the food is true to its source. Natural products free of additives are true to themselves; local, seasonal foods are true to their time and place; heirloom varietals and heritage breeds are true to their evolutionary history; traditional foods are true to their cultural heritage. Authentic foods come from and contribute to ecological and cultural systems that are good, clean and fair.
Sustainability means that we must pay attention to the consequences of how we produce andistribute food. We must be good stewards of the environment in which we live; we must protect the biodiversity on which we depend; we must be humane to the animals we raise, fair to the people we employ, and we must insist that high quality food be available to all. Sustainability means reducing all the negative consequences of making food – it means using processes that are good, clean and fair.
It seems commonplace for many of us to hear more about how our choices for food can enhance our health and vitality. Have you noticed changes in your local grocery store and restaurant menus just in the past few years? A short while ago you never saw things like coconut, avocado, kale, blueberries or a host of other unique items now classified as super-foods and used as ingredients in a restaurant menu did you? It also seems to be a new trend for restaurants and our local grocery stores to actively promote those items which are harvested locally. Have you noticed this trend while shopping recently or dining in a restaurant? Might you be interested in learning more about why these items are important in our menus as well as within our diets? How would you like to learn more about foods that are harvested on local farms and available in local marketplaces here in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts? Join our movement today! It is FREE to join and participate in our local events.