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SLOW Food Australia’s national members’ journal – cod – was first published in October 2009. It is named for one of the world’s great slow feeders, the murray cod – Maccullochella peelii – known to the Ngarrindjeri people of the lower Murray-Darling river country as pondi.
Australia’s first people believe a giant pondi formed the Murray river, Australia’s largest riverine system, and all its fish. The cod is in many ways a metaphor for much that Slow Food in Australia aspires to achieve: a once-abundant and now far from common fish that is a source of food and cultural inspiration.
As Bunjilaka Melbourne Museum described it in a 2007 exhibition, the cod ‘is much more than the biggest fish in the river; it is a symbol of the river itself’. cod expounds those elements of food in our everyday lives to sustain, challenge and inspire us.
- Spring / October 2009 / PDF / editorial: carlo petrini – the worth of knowledge / pondi – a fantastical fish tradition / oceans of food? project slow wave / slow fish challenge / fish bites / celebrate terra madre day / victoria bushfires, queensland floods / convivia fund relief / six-point-two-million mouths and counting / congratulations, kitchen garden advocate / to market, to market / searching for australian ark nominations / what is good, clean and fair? / red tags on slowfoodaustralia.com / slow wrap – convivia events / directory / fin flick
slow food in australia
We build networks between grower and eater, agriculture and market, community and world. We champion good, clean, fair and local food in ways that enhance knowledge, respect and passion.
Australia has 31 Slow Food chapters, called convivia, in every region of the country. We are part of a world network in 153 national communities. We support localism and defend food diversity. In the past 20 years we've helped to save more than 500 foods at risk of loss to agriculture and fishing.
Today, more than 300 food communities work with Slow Food to return endemic foods to the table, fight standardisation in our food supply, and support local farmers and fishers.