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Slow Meat 2014

June 20-22
Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver CO

Keynote Speaker

Allan SavoryWe are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for Slow Meat, Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean biologist, farmer, soldier, exile, environmentalist, and winner of the 2003 Banksia International Award and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. He is the originator of holistic management. Savory will deliver his keynote address at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 20, 2014. Following the keynote, we will gather for a celebration of delicious food and community that reflect Slow Meat's goal of better meat, less. We will honor Colorado bison with a fabrication artfully presented by local butchers, explore tasting stations featuring food prepared by local and national chefs, and enjoy cocktails, beer, wine and great conversation. We are grateful to the Savory Institute for Allan Savory's availability to kick-off this gathering with his provocative analysis and recommendations for more animals on the land, fewer animals in industrial confinement.

The Five Stages of Field to Fork


Five Stages Field to Fork - Land Water UseFive Stages Field to Fork - Animal HusbandryFive Stages Field to Fork - ProcessingFive Stages Field to Fork - MarketingFive Stages Field to Fork - Consumption

Our current practices for maximizing the efficiency of animal agricultural production comes at a cost. We abandon common sense, traditional animal husbandry, land and water stewardship, animal welfare, nutrition, and taste.

Policy experts and food system practitioners, together with Slow Food leaders from all over the USA, are gathering to identify practical points of intervention from field to fork.

These facilitated discussions address how consumers and Slow Food USA communities can begin to turn the herd towards meat that is good, clean, and fair for all.

Workshops with Purpose

100 delegates from across the USA will be asked to share expertise in facilitated discussions to ultimately produce a menu of practical actions for Slow Food communities across the USA to deploy, measure, report and refine with the larger national community of advocates who seek change in our food system.

We are assembling those who recognize the importance of animal welfare and those whose livelihoods are directly related to animal husbandry. Our intention in doing this is to cultivate the kind of discourse that gives proper dignity to the animals, as it does to the craftsmanship associated with their care and slaughter.

Networking

We believe that now is the time to connect innovators in the alternative sphere with conventional producers who possess important, traditional knowledge about scale, animal husbandry, and the real-time business constraints of farming in the 21st century. This will be a great opportunity to network and grow new relationships.

Eating

We will eat family-style, with a measured balance between pleasure and responsibility in food.

Event highlights include:

  • An artistic, narrated bison breakdown performed by a skilled nose-to-tail butcher.
  • A public tasting highlighting top US producers, cooks, and meats, as well as local wine, beers, and spirits.
  • A dinner (featuring the aforementioned bison) prepared by internationally renowned chefs.
Slow Meat 2014

What Makes Our Event Different?

We believe that we can begin to turn the herd with the strength of the Slow Food network. The menu of actions we will field test with Slow Food communities across the USA in 2014-15 will inform wider deployment in 2015-16. Evaluation will increase the likelihood of success in linking supply to demand, growing trust between producers and consumers.

Slow Meat 2014 is only the beginning to Slow Food USA’s commitment to the goals of better and less meat. We will reconvene the following year in 2015 for a grander celebration and conversation of meat.

Delegate Nomination Instructions

Nominations for Slow Meat 2014 delegates are no longer being accepted.

Click here for details on the delegate nomination process, accommodations and transportation.

Steering Committee

Our event is being made possible with the support and dedication from the following individuals:

  • Krista Roberts President, Slow Food Denver
  • Matt Jones Slow Food USA, Board of Directors
  • Carrie Balkcom Executive Director, American Grassfed Association
  • Dave Carter Executive Director, National Bison Association
  • Serena Milano General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
  • Jeannette Beranger Research & Technical Program Manager, Livestock Conservancy
  • Joe Maxwell Vice President of Outreach and Engagement, Humane Society of The United States
  • Ricardo Salvador Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Matthew Raiford Chef and Farmer, Gilliard Farms
  • Gary Nabhan Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Southwest Center, University of Arizona

Become a Sponsor

We are actively seeking sponsors and partners for Slow Meat 2014. If you would like to become a sponsor of the event, please contact us at slowmeat@slowfoodusa.org. You can also download our Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities PDF for more details.

A Template for Investigating Additional Emblematic Foods

If successful with meat, what is next? If after two years of Slow Meat, the makings of a replicable business model for this method of product-driven convening, we will turn our attention to future Slow gatherings. These may include Slow Grains in the Midwest, Slow Fish on the Gulf Coast or Pacific Northwest, etc. Organizing communities around emblematic food products give pride to regions. This pride can give recognition to the validity of the product and the purpose for reflection.

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