The Slow Food industry is a cultural movement that endeavors to create fair consumption of clean and safe food. Currently, an approximate number of 100,000 members from 153 countries are working to promote the industry.
Namyangju City had been selected as one of the Slow Cities in 2010. Therefore, the city plans to host “Asio Gusto,” one of the world’s top three Slow Food conferences, in October this year.
The signed MOU will allow the operation of Slow Food leadership training program, Slow Food education, contents development and consulting, academic information exchange and other dietary culture related consultations. The above programs will be initiated in cooperation with Ewha and Namyangju City.
Global Food and Nutrition Research Institute Food Culture Center of Ewha will promote the development of Slow Food leadership training program that reflects Korean food culture. Thus, the program will train Slow Food leaders who have a deeper understanding of professional knowledge and skills in the field.
“We are receiving applications for the first Slow Food leadership training program,” said Choi Ja-young, an official in the Global Food and Nutrition Research Institute Food Culture Center. “Thus, we are hoping to develop human resource that will lead the 21st century through a specialized lifelong learning program and further base this opportunity to foster leaders who will be involved in community development.”
President Kim Sun-uk further hopes for a positive synergy effect between the two organizations in the future through the concluded agreement.
“Although there is a rise in demand for safe diet and healthy life, the experts who can teach the Korean way of Slow Food movement are rare to find,” president Kim said. “Therefore, we hope for a continued cooperation between Ewha and Namyangju City by integrating Namyangju City’s Slow Food philosophy with the active research of Ewha’s Global Food and Nutrition Research Institute.”