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The world's most pressing questions regarding health, culture, the environment, education, social justice and the global economy are all deeply connected to the food we eat and how it is produced. In tribute to the harvest season and to focus attention on these critical issues on the eve of the Presidential election, the mission of Slow Food Nation is to bring together leaders and social activists who are committed to forging a sustainable food system. By creating a framework for a deeper environmental connection to our food, participants will learn how everyday choices affect our well-being, our culture and the health of the planet.
Over Labor Day Weekend (August 29 to September 1, 2008) Slow Food Nation will transform San Francisco's Civic Center and Fort Mason as tens of thousands of local citizens and visitors, farmers and food artisans, political leaders, environmental advocates and health-care experts, educators and artists, and parents and children gather to experience the largest celebration of food San Francisco has ever witnessed. It will offer activities for all ages, including food, music, talks, forums, workshops, films and exhibits, all highlighting food that supports an agricultural system that is good, clean and fair. The first-ever event of its kind in America, Slow Food Nation will present an extraordinary range of activities, including a major conference on food values, social justice and the environment; workshops, forums, films and interactive exhibits; a farmers' market showcasing California growers and artisan producers; tastings and feasts; chef's demonstrations; an urban farm; and a two-day music festival, all highlighting the inextricable link between delicious, nutritious food, land stewardship and fair social and economic equity.
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