About 7 months ago I started to write on Food and Peace. I bought the domain over a year ago, but it wasn’t until I moved to Washington, DC, this past summer to start a contract for the Food and Agricutlure Organization of the United Nations when I became inspired to do something with the site. For now I use it to share stories about – you guessed it – food and peace.
I don’t have huge news for you this week, but I did find out something very exciting!!! I was doing a Google search for “food and peace”, a somewhat usual routine of mine, when I came across a search result on page one of the Google search results from Slow Food International.
If you don’t know what the Slow Food movement is all about, you can read about it here. Started in Italy by a man named Carlos Petrini, the movement came about to “prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat”.
I’ve known about Slow Food for quite some time and I’ve even started to volunteer with the Toronto chapter recently. It’s been a great venture!
Anyways, on November 20th, 2015, someone writing from a South Korean Slow Food group posted about food and peace. The post highlights a recent Slow Food Asia Pacific Conference where food and its connection to peace was a major topic of interest. The post’s author provides a number of quotes from notable individuals who pointed out how food security is the foundation for peaceful societies, and how food plays a big role in conflict situations. This does make me think of the French revolution: hunger and starvation and high food prices lead to protests and revolt against the established rule in the late 1700s.
The Slow Food International post is interesting because it also provides examples of people using food as a catalyst for peace, like a woman from Beirut who started a project called Soup for Syria – a book with a collection of recipes from chefs around the world whose proceeds will be donated to the UN’s Refugee Agency.
I also enjoyed reading this post because it shows how business or what we do does not have to be solely about profit, but rather it can be a way to create change and build equality. Each of us doing our part can have an impact in this regard. It’s great to see other large, global organizations paying attention to the link between food and peace.