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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Tim Bender

Slow Food


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Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.



Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those who produce my food in other regions of the world to make better choices when I shop.



Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.



Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 3 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.


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    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

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    Tim Bender 10/24/2018 8:23 AM
    After watching all of the Chefs Table documentaries (multiple times) obsessively, I have been able to relate all of them back to being an integral part of the bridge between agri-business and modern food business systems.  These Chefs build their whole business around what's happening with their local farms, or even their own restaurant farm.  Its fascinating to think about where it will be in ten years if we are already at this point!

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    Tim Bender 10/10/2018 1:50 PM
    It was a no brainer to join this challenge.  All of the different actions embody what i try to observe in my daily life at home and at work.  I am the Chef at a social enterprise restaurant that gives a platform to underserved community members in order for them to launch their own food related business.  It is essentially a real time training program that gives them restaurant and catering experience.  I try to incorporate alot of the Slow Food values that I have embraced into their training.

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      Tim Bender 10/11/2018 2:04 PM
      Hi Monica!
      We are in Denver CO in the RiNo arts district.  Our building was once an old Taxi headquarters that has been re purposed into a business and residential complex!  Many of our participants have been affected by the gentrification of this neighborhood, so it is awesome to be able to help them out  by giving them opportunity. Although very challenging on many fronts, this is by far the most rewarding project I have been involved with as a Chef!

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      Monica Martin 10/11/2018 8:46 AM
      This is so lovely! Where is your restaurant? I'd love to visit. I wrote a paper on this concept when I was in school studying dietetics. I'm a big fan! I once owned a social enterprise business and found it to be so rewarding. And challenging at times.....
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Can organic farming feed the world? Which side of the argument do you fall on? Why?

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    Tim Bender 10/09/2018 7:36 AM
    I think it can with the right strategy.  First it needs to be more accessible and approachable.  People need to realize that GMOs are not good even though they yield a ridiculous amount of product for cheap.  This "cheap" product will only lead to more health complications that can be avoided by eating natural and organic, vitamin rich produce

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      Katie Leveto 10/09/2018 7:56 AM
      Just discovered my local grocery store carries organic raspberries and oh my word are they so much better
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

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    Tim Bender 10/09/2018 7:29 AM
    I absolutely agree.  Paying a doctor is after the fact trying to fix what could've been avoided by just eating natural food