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Slow Food | Slow Money | Hudson, NY

Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, and Paolo DiCroce, Executive Director of Slow Food International, will share the stage at Time and Space Limited, in Hudson, NY, Friday, April 24th at 7PM.

Paolo DiCroce will describe the latest successes and challenges the Slow Food revolution has encountered in their global effort to preserve traditional cultures, heirloom food varieties, and the environment through creating sustainable food systems and promoting social justice.

Woody Tasch will describe what he calls “Slow Money“, shaped to complement and support the Slow Food movement. Slow Money is a call to action, a call to design markets built not around extraction and consumption, but around preservation and restoration, an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems and agriculture.

The event is hosted by the Schumacher Center, the Columbia Land ConservancyHawthorne Valley Farm, and Gianni Ortiz. Admission is free. Time and Space Limited is located at 434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY.

The book “Slow Money” is published by Chelsea Green Publishers and is available through your local independent bookseller. An excerpt follows. You can hear Woody talking about his new book on Living on Earth:

Please join us April 24th at Time and Space Limited to welcome Paolo DiCroce and Woody Tasch.

 


Excerpt from Slow Money by Woody Tasch

If there had been a manual of civilization way back when, it might have read: Never start a ten-thousand-year epoch of agriculture-dependent civilization without first understanding soil fertility, biodiversity, carrying capacity, and the relationship between economics and ecology.

Which is to say: We could not, in those early days of Mesopotamia, or even much later, in the early days of the steam engine and the joint stock corporation, have anticipated the limits of agriculture or the limits of economics. We could not have been expected to understand, when the first clay tablets were being scribed with shepherd’s inventories and the first wheat fields were being cultivated, how agriculture would pave the way from hunter-gathererdom all the way to Wall Street. Any more than Descartes could have been expected to anticipate Thoreau or Einstein. Any more than the Wright Brothers could have been expected to anticipate the bombing of Dresden or the advent of the stealth bomber. Any more than Henry Ford, exuberant with the opportunities of mechanical horsepower and the prospects of manureless cities, could have been expected to anticipate, a scant one hundred years hence, the 405 in Los Angeles during rush hour or suburban sprawl or the aggregate particulate emissions of 500 million tailpipes.

And it would have taken an oracle of Delphic capabilities to have foreseen that as the whole planet geared up and heated up and sped up in the twentieth century, responding to the triple-threat explosions of population growth, technological innovation, and financial markets, the future would hinge in such significant measure on a very different triple threat: the small, the local, and the slow.