Slow Food Nation. On the surface, the event looked rather prosaic: lots of privileged folk running around eating organic delicacies and preaching to the choir. But there were some hard core discussion panels going on behind the scenes in the Food for Thought forums where real issues and, most importantly, real solutions were raised. SFN has just released videos from the forums on their website and I urge you to watch them. In particular, and especially if your time is limited, watch the closing session with Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Vendana Shiva, Alice Waters and other leaders of the movement. The session is in two parts and if you have to choose between the two, then watch part two, which is just under an hour. * The final question from moderator Corby Kummer is a request for each of the panelists to ‘give us our marching orders!’ In other words, what real, down to earth actions can we take to correct our mistakes and assure that we can provide clean, safe and delicious food for everyone. I was particularly moved by one of my heroes, Wendell Berry, who spoke very eloquently of the cooperative principal, faith, and how being a good neighbor may save us all. Putting your body and heart into action is a solution to fear and despair, and discovering what it means to be a good neighbor is a mighty fine place to start. But all of the answers from the panel can inspire and guide us, be it as simple as planting a garden or as complex as taking on agribusiness. The only question remaining is: How bad does it have to get for us to wake up and do something? * So you don't think you can spare even an hour? Then here's a 5 minute sound-bite from Michael Pollan called Voting with Our Forks.