By Lizzi Belmont
Slow Food club presents: The Real Food Road Trip. Produced by the members of The Real Food Challenge (a group who’s goal is to spread real food and real food principles to the greater population), the road trip aims to bring real food to campuses around the nation. RFRT representatives Katie Blanchard and Katelyn Hale are currently traveling to many locations, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and our own Wisconsin to present activities such as workshops, presentations and trainings on food justice and other real food related issues.
TRFC offers the following explanation for “real food” on its website: “Food: [food] n 1. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies. Real: [ree-uhl, reel] adj 1. true and actual; not artificial. It is food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth.” Beloit students wishing to learn more will have a variety of activities available in which to quench their thirst for food-related knowledge.
Real Food activities will commence on Friday, Feb. 4th at 4:00 p.m. with an informal open house at the OEC (Outdoor Environmental Club House). The event offers a chance to meet The Real Food Challenge representatives and offers a more in depth look at slow food club — anyone is invited to join. Saturday’s events include a table with information outside of commons at 11:00 a.m., followed by a talk in SC 150 entitled “Corporate Food Breakdown & Justice in the Food System: Anti-oppression and Resistance.” The talk promises to explore “History of food justice struggles coupled with anti-oppression training, to deepen and broaden your organization’s connection to the root causes of injustice in the food system, and how to work for collective liberation.” At 3:30 SC 150’s events continue with a “Straightforward, hands-on, nuts & bolts planning for a real food campaign specific to Beloit! (with snacks, tea, etc. provided by slow food/co-op)”
“This is an opportunity to see what other schools are doing [toward the real food movement] instead of having to reinvent the wheel” said Clara Baker, slow food club president.
Beloit’s slow food club hopes to continue to bring more food related education and activities to campus. The club meets Tuesday nights at 10:00 in OEC, and everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information on the movement, see the above website. For more information about the events, contact slow food club or Baker.