"Slow Money" for Change


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In his new book, "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money," author, publisher and former foundation treasurer Woody Tasch makes a case for investing in local food systems and shows how a diverse group of players across the nation are exploring options for linking financial investment and agricultural health in the future.

Tasch will be in town for this week to discuss his book at a dinner held at St. James Cheese Co. on Thursday and during the Saturday edition of the Crescent City Farmers Market.

At the heart of "Inquiries into Slow Money" is an argument for creating capital markets built around the values in preservation and restoration, rather than extraction and consumption. The book explores questions about the potential for alternative stock exchanges dedicated to slow, small, and local endeavors; the ability of local farms and community supported agriculture to feed large numbers of Americans; and what would happen if people invested 50 percent of their assets within 50 miles of home.

Thursday's dinner is co-sponsored by Slow Food New Orleans. Local chef Daniel Esses, recently of the Marigny Brasserie, will prepare a four-course meal based on locally-sourced ingredients. Tickets for the event are $50, and seating is limited. For reservations, call Danielle Sutton at St. James Cheese Company at 899-4737.

Tasch will also sign books at Saturday's Crescent City Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

-- Ian McNulty

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