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Pasil holds community assembly in a bid to preserve traditional cuisine

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

Pasil, Kalinga – Fighting for the preservation of their traditional cookery, various Slow Food Communities in the Municipality of Pasil convened this January 6 at the Evacuation Center in Tucol.

During the general assembly, slow food advocates along with Municipal Mayor Alfredo “Chao-ig” Malannag Jr. shared their campaign. Their main point in their agenda is for everyone to have an access to ‘good, clean, and fair food’.

Pasil slow food gained popularity in recent years after it was showcased to the outside world.

What is Slow Food?

Slow food is defined as chemical-free foods, may it be raw or cooked dish from vegetables, fruits, or crops. This include domestic animals that are not fed with commercialized feeds.

How was the Slow Food introduced to Pasil?

The movement was introduced to Pasil barangays by Slow Food International member Rowena and husband Lam-en Gonnay in 2012.

In her message in the event held earlier today, Agriculturist Rowena Gonnay narrated that upon meeting international standards, the municipality began exporting organic heirloom rice to the United States back in 2006.

It was then that the Slow Food International, discovered the indigenous rice varieties prompting to send personnel to Pasil in 2009, urging the farmers and community to continue supporting the varieties to preserve the traditional rice.

With the positive impact of slow food, the Gonnay couple spread the practice and philosophy to other members of the community until the municipal government unit adopted the movement in 2017.

Why go for Slow Food?

Gonnay stressed that through continued practice of slow food, the traditional knowledge and varieties in the municipality will be carried to the next generation.

Also, she explained that slow food is a means of sustaining food production as well as environment and community protection “ngamin nu ag-hybrid tayo, ag-chemical tayo, maawan dagitoy, mapirdi ti environment ken varieties.”

The movement, she added, is likewise in accordance to RA 10068, an act promoting organic agriculture in the entire country.

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