There’s an old saying in the journalism world: “All News is Local.” Young reporters are taught that what matters most to the public is what hits closest to home. But today, more than ever, we are aware of the importance and the consequences – no matter where one lives – of the latest news from Peshawar or Pyongyang, China, Chile or Chicago.
Worldcrunch, a digital service based in Paris, providing news from all over the world with ever increasing success, was founded with the idea that what happens there matters here. We work with the world’s top news outlets to publish the best of international journalism in English, regardless of language or geography. All news is indeed local, but all that is local impacts the global world in which we live.
Slow Food, which I got to know during my years as a correspondent in Italy, embodies that same world view (whatever’s local has a global impact) in so many ways. Carlo Petrini’s own story, born in the small town of Bra, Italy, and founder of a movement that has become global with a central focus on safeguarding and promoting local small-scale producers, demonstrates this. All food is local and all food is global. More and more often decisions taken elsewhere, in terms of food production, have direct effects on our daily lives.
For this and 100 other reasons, we are excited to collaborate with Slow Food and pledge to support the 10,000 Gardens in Africa program.
The gardens in Africa help to make the new generations aware of the importance of local food biodiversity, offering a source of fresh and healthy food but also the instrument to create a network of men and women who fight for global change: to create a social economy based on respect for the environment and linked to the local area.
Just to be clear, Worldcrunch is and will remain an independent and general news service: agriculture, sustainability, food and wine are just some of the topics we cover. But the fact that we look for stories far and wide, big and small, and serve them up to a global audience, convinced both Worldcrunch and Slow Food that it was worth introducing each other to those who already know and trust us. Discover it for yourself!
Worldcrunch co-founder and editor