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Slow Meat

Slow Meat is a movement that actualizes the culture of confinement issue and an event that brings together ranchers, farmers, butchers, chefs, eaters and more to share ideas on how we can turn the herd toward meat that is good, clean and fair for all.

Eat Better, Eat Less

Click the interactive graphic below to learn more about our Five Part Campaign to empower eaters and food communities to become better informed and to take action.

Join us at Slow Meat 2015

June 4-6, 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Slow Meat brings together ranchers, farmers, butchers, chefs, eaters and more to share ideas on how we can turn the herd toward meat that is good, clean and fair for all. Initiated in 2014, we will reconvene in June of 2015. Click here for details on this year’s event.

We believe in SLOW Meat: Better, Less.

Eating BETTER MEAT creates:

  • Improved working environment for producers and quality of life for animals
  • More complex and delicious flavors
  • Animal and plant diversity in the field
  • Healthier local food economies

And eating LESS MEAT creates:

  • Opportunities to explore the flavors of vegetables, grains, and culinary traditions from many cultures
  • Resilient ecosystems, less threatened by environmental damage
  • Frugality and inspiration in the kitchen
  • Healthier eaters

We, as eaters, are confined by a narrow scope of food choices with one or two breeds dominating our plates. Animals are confined in spaces that prevent them from enjoying the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare (View).

Five Freedoms

These freedoms, outlined by the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, form a logical and comprehensive framework for analysis of welfare within any system together with the steps and compromises necessary to safeguard and improve welfare within the proper constraints of an effective livestock industry.

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.


2. Freedom from Discomfort

by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.


3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease

by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.


4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour

by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.


5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.


Similarly, the flow of money is confined in fewer and fewer hands. The result is an animal agriculture that extracts wealth and dignity from farming families in rural communities, instead of growing more of it.

Past Events

Slow Meat Denver 2014

Consumers, ranchers, animal welfare advocates, chefs and butchers came together to discuss the barriers that prevent us from moving our animal agriculture system from fast to slow, and find ways to overcome them.

 

Five Steps from Field to Fork
Five Steps from Field to Fork

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