Hope you are all enjoying the fruits of the harvest as autumn fast approaches! Here's a quick update on forthcoming SFYN events and some recent activities...
What The Food Series: Sugar
When: Thursday 3rd November at 6.30pm
Where: Hula Juice Bar, 103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP
Please join us for an evening exploring all things sugar. As part of our #WhatTheFood campaign, we're putting the spotlight on sugar and discussing the issues from it's history, to the nutritional aspects and the sugar tax as well as asking how the clean eating ethos promoted by many is challenging sugar's dominance in our diet.
We'll be hearing from Janice Clyne of Nourished by Nature and hosted by the wonderful Hula Juice Bar, who will have food and drink available to purchase to keep you going throughout the evening.
Grams Edinburgh will also be with us on the night and there will be plenty of time throughout the evening for Q&A, networking and socialising.
Find out more about the #WhatTheFood campaign here.
Look forward to seeing you there!
If you're Glasgow based and can't make our Sugar event, or are intrigued to explore Sugar and related things in more detail, please do take a look at the CCA's Autumn Public Engagement Serieswhich also explores themes of sugar from different cultural and historical perspectives including some events with L. Sasha Gora who is a writer and cultural historian with a focus on food history and contemporary art. They have a fabulous programme of films, talks and workshops throughout October and November.
The 99 SFYN 'tankers' from 33 different countries to work on 9 different food-related issues at the SFYN Tank at Terra Madre Salone de Gusto.
SFYN Tank and Conference at Terra Madre, Turin
At Terra Madre Salone de Gusto this year a total of 130 countries were represented by over 7,000 thousand delegates and many more visitors from across the food system who joined together to celebrate the Slow Food movement, share experiences and generate new connections, ideas and friendships to support the future growth of the movement at home and internationally.
Paolo Di Croce, Slow Food International General Secretary comments: “Seven thousand delegates from 143 countries, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 1000 food communities of the Terra Madre network from five continents. These are not simply numbers, they represent a humanity that is united here to discuss the great challenges which we must confront, above all the safeguarding of agricultural biodiversity. The event’s new open air formula, the discussion spaces and the interactive tours have helped foster a direct and fertile relationship between visitors and delegates, raising awareness and creating positive energy towards the objective of Slow Food: good, clean and fair food for all.”
Over 5000 members of the public followed the series of conferences at the Carignano Theater, dedicated to themes of agroecology, health, migration, the relationship between food and art and cinema. Another 5000 participated in the Terra Madre Forums, listening carefully to the experiences of our delegates.
The SFYN TANK brought young people with food expertise and creative expertise together in order to critically think out solutions to food problems. It was a test-run to potentially being a “think-tank” within Slow Food and a skills-training opportunity for people within our network to learn how partake-in and organize such workshops.
We were delighted to have three members of the SFYN in Scotland who attended and participated in three different workshops at the tank:
Really designing sustainable kitchens: Steph Marsden Democratising food communication: Gillian Rodger Improving access to the slaughterhouse for livestock-farmers: Donald Mackinnon
Each group had a really diverse mix of people from around the world who all were involved in work within different parts of the food chain, which led to some very interesting discussions about the complexity of finding global solutions to each of the individual workshop topics.
Like the other editions of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, there was also SFYN conference on September 23rd dedicated to SFYN with all the youth delegates present in Torino. It was a chance to get to know the new members and future food leaders that have recently joined from around the world, hear about the development of the Youth Food Academy programme in Uganda and to have a look at what's been happening a year since last year's gathering at "Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed The Planet".
The seeds were also sewn to create a Global Disco Soup Day with all Slow Food Youth Networks around the world in Spring 2017, a fantastic suggestion from Caio Bonamigo Dordogne who helped co-ordinate a Brazilian Disco Soup with over 7,000 participants across 14 cities spanning 4/5 regions earlier in the year - an event that used over 500kg of intercepted food waste!
Africa in Motion Screening: No Land No Food No Life
Join us for the UK Premiere of the hard-hitting film No Land No Food No Life which explores sustainable small-scale agriculture and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. The documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land in Uganda, Mali and Cambodia.
The screening will be followed by a discussion on the issues raised in the film.
One World Shop and Just Trading Scotland will host an exhibition in the foyer of the venue, displaying some of their fair trade and sustainable food products from Africa.
The event is supported by the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh, One World Shop, Just Trading Scotland, and the Slow Food Movement.
The full Africa in Motion film festival programme can be found on their website.
2050 Climate Group: Youth Climate Summit 2016 When: Sat 26th November, 10.30 - 18.00
Where: Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow.
Leading for the Future, the 2050 Climate Group’s Youth Climate Summit 2016, will take place on Saturday 26 November 2016 at the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow from 10:30-18:00 (GMT). The Youth Climate Summit is an exciting opportunity for anyone aged roughly 20-30 to meet and learn more about the issues that matter to them.
With a diverse range of talks and workshops from sectors relevant to you, this is a great opportunity for you to learn about the challenges in all our futures and how to be a part of the transition needed to achieve a clean, sustainable and fair future!
As a summit delegate, you will have the opportunity to:
- Improve your skills and understanding of how you can be a future leader in your chosen field;
- Learn what different sectors in Scotland are doing to address climate change;
- Take part in a great networking opportunity;
- Be part of an exciting social movement of young people.
The evening will conclude at the Art School where they are having their Post Summit Party from 18:00-22:00. This is another opportunity to network and learn more about the 2050 Climate Group. Confirmed musical acts Jo Mango and Mungo’s Hi Fi will help celebrate after the success of an engaging and empowering day.
ScotRail have kindly provided the Climate Group with a limited number of rail passes from anywhere in Scotland to enable those travelling further distances or financially prohibited from attending to join us. If a free rail ticket would allow you to attend, please specify why in the eventbrite registration form before 2 November and they'll get in touch.
For more information and to register, please visit their website: www.2050.scot/summit. Spaces are limited - please book early to avoid disappointment.
What is the Slow Food Youth Network?
The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. It was founded by a number of enthusiastic and motivated young people with a passion for good, clean and fair food, and with an interest in sustainability issues.
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.
Slow Food Youth Network Scotland's Eat In at the Royal Mile, where we invited passers by to join and discuss what food meant to them.