Slow Food, Slow Money

foodmoneyThose of you who’ve been checking in with me through my blog over the last two years are probably aware of my ongoing personal mission to achieve better health not only through regular exercise but also through good food choices (btw, I said it’s a “mission”, I’m nowhere near the destination!).

I’m a fan of several books by journalist Michael Pollan, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food because they bring to light much of what we as regular consumers often don’t think about when we go to the grocery store: where does our food come from?

Through my own reading, I became familiar with the slow food movement — a reaction to the massive expansion of fast food that promotes not only physically slowing down to prepare food from scratch and enjoy your meals with your loved ones but also making the effort to appreciate the people and work involved in making that meal you have possible.

It’s a great idea, but with two small kids and busy careers, Erica and I have to admit that it is sometimes hard to abide by that ideal — even with the help of great Univera family-friendly products like Essentials (basically a Jetson-meal-in-a-bottle).

So I was was intrigued to read about a new ‘slow money’ movement taking shape now that is designed to work in tandem with the slow food movement. The idea here is to keep investments local so that they benefit your local food producers and farmers. Do I abide by every premise of the article? Not completely. Yet, I loved the concept of this article, and think there’s much behind the premise of “Slow Food, Slow Money” for the future that can benefit all of us around the world.

Health, enterprise, and philanthropy are great passions of mine, and we at Univera continue to try to find a happy synergy between such distinct but related realms through our magnificent products, our financial opportunity, and our work through Serve First and Serve Always.

And it’s heartening to see that there is a sincere effort to try to grow these kinds of movements to change the paradigm of traditional finance to actively include something more, well, organic.

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4 Replies to “Slow Food, Slow Money”

  1. I agree with you totally on this slow concept. Americans have put themselves into a position that gives them little time to enjoy the concepts of life and family. It is my belief that every family should strive to sit down to a nice meal as often as possible. Families need this time to converse, laugh and cry. Preparing the meals, preparing the table and doing the clean up together strengthens the bonds of a great family life.
    Set the electronics aside, slow down and communicate and give and take the love from one another. This can happen at the dinner table. By the way take time to chew your food and enjoy the flavors. So much of Americans physical situations come from the way we eat and what we eat.

  2. Rich,

    I’m on board with the above — slowing down, staying present, staying real. I DO support local, small businesses and at the same time, my connection with Univera products has shown me that there is a place for big companies with global reach that can make dramatic change…fast.

    Slow and fast…I’m down with both.

  3. Rich,

    I have a few foodie movies for you to watch…All three are amazing and address the importance of fresh, local, organic food and produce (Michael Pollan has cameos in all three!):

    1. Food Fight:
    2. Food Matters
    3. Food Inc.

    They are all very well done and quite inspiring, they definitely encourage me to vote with my dollars in support of sustainable practices!


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