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Slow Money For Food Justice

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Slow money offers a new vision of investments in the 21st Century. It is based on fertile/healthy soil as a model – life in the soil is all about diversity and regeneration – a large number of small organisms working together in a healthy system. We must “put back as much as we take out to ensure long term health and a strong, secure, restorative economy.” Entrepreneurs are the seeds and investors are the water, so to speak.

Founder Woody Tasch envisions slow money as “saving farmland, supporting a new generation of small and mid-size organic farmers, rebuilding local and regional food processing and distribution, improving nutrition and otherwise remedying the imbalances of a food system that is too consolidated, too global and too industrial.”

Slow Money was founded “in order to enhance food security, food safety and food access; improve nutrition and health; promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity; and accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration.”

Gatheround is a new crowdfunding platform  being developed by Slow Money to enable small donors to participate in funding small food enterprises around the country alongside Slow Money investors. Utne Reader interviewed Tasch and noted that “in the last three years, Slow Money has invested over $30 million in more than 220 small food businesses around the country. That number is expected to grow through Gatheround as a way for smaller donors to collectively amplify Slow Money’s effect.”

This makes me think of Opportunity International, which we have supported and is mentioned as a positive model in the book Toxic Charity, which I have just started reading.

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