What is…Slow Food?

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We are starting a new series of “What is…” to help fill out our collective eco-friendly vocabulary. Today we are taking a look at Slow Food, the opposite or counter revolution to Fast Food.

The Slow Food movement is typically accredited to starting in Italy. Italians love their food, and when they heard McDonalds was coming to encroach on their traditions, a Slow Food revolution started in 1989. It is about embracing your food, where it comes from, and the rich culture that surrounds food.

They believe that:

Everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible.

To date the non-profit organization has over 100,000 members worldwide and growing. If you would like to learn more check out the Slow Food International’s website.

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Comments

  1. I am all for slow food over fast food. The only problem is that we live busy lives and sometimes fast food is just too convenient. I wish I always had the time to sit down and enjoy a quality meal. It is good that someone is fighting back against the fast food industry.

  2. Slow Food, now that’s interesting, certainly a concept that I like to hear! I hope their projects, events and activities that they do start to catch on as its a really great concept!

    Till then,

    Jean

  3. First time I’ve heard of slow food. The concept is definitely noble. These past few decades have been the golden age of junk food so to speak. For most of the youth, that is all they eat. Awareness and popularization of local cuisine is very important. So kudos to the Italians for starting off the movement.

  4. It would be nice to see this trend catch on in North America. It seems that we all lead such busy lives that people no longer have the time to slow down and appreciate their food.

  5. I can fully relate to this as I enjoy a nice, leisurely meal taking time to savor the food as well as some pleasant conversation with friends. But we seldom get time for that in today’s fast paced world. :(

  1. October 14th, 2010

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