Food & Sensory education – Slow Food

On Food & Sensory education, the Slow Food movement’s website states:

“Our food and taste education projects are different from any others as they start from the idea that food means pleasure, culture and conviviality, and that the act of eating can influence values and behavior.

Slow Food supports an innovative approach to food and taste education based on the reawakening and training of the senses and the study of food from land to table. Tasting food is an integral part of the process, as it helps tell the story of small-scale quality production, and highlights the differences between it and industrial food.”

The pervasiveness of modern fast life and an industrialized food system often means that young people and children may never develop a meaningful relationship with the food they eat, or learn where it comes from and how it got on their plates.

Food education is commonly reduced to nutritional coursework in schools and takes a disciplinary stance. In contrast, Slow Food’ education for children focuses on the senses and introduces the principle of pleasure: of discovery, playfulness and conviviality at the table. This sensory approach also leads to discussions about food cultures, regions and seasonality as well as the differences between industrial and artisanal products.

Food education for children is also an important part of Slow Food’s events, both at major happenings such as Slow Fish and Cheese, and at the the multitude of local and regional events and workshops organized by Slow Food convivia across the world. Activities and workshops introduce young children to the world of good food, with many utilizing Slow Food’s To the Origin of Taste kit as a basis.”

…couldn’t agree more!


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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