Presentation Title: “Fast Food Changes: St. Augustine and its Harvest of the Sea”
Speaker: Mr. Brendan Burke, LAMP
When: Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, at 6:30 pm
Where: First Coast Technical College, Building C
The Slow Food First Coast group seeks to “reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.” Brendan will be presenting a lecture to the Slow Food Group on St. Augustine’s role in affecting the culinary habits of US consumers throughout the 20th century. By producing thousands of shrimp boats to help create one of the largest fishing fleets in the world St. Augustine left its mark in how Americans eat and view seafood. Subsequently, the importation of farmed shrimp led to a decline in domestic shrimping, severely cutting the size of the US shrimping fleet and lengthening the distance between our seafood and our plate.