Slow Food

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According to Christine Pardee, co-director, The State and Local Food Policy Project and coordinator, The Iowa Food Policy Council, Des Moines, Iowa, USA,
Being a Slow Food member is a self-fulfilling prophecy because as the saying goes,
If we are what we eat, who wants to be fast, cheap and easy!

In stark contrast to the concept of Fast Food, the very spirit of the Slow Food movement is about eating and drinking slowly, with enough time to savour the food, while also enjoying the company of family and/or friends. Slow Food basically questions the sense of ‘hurry’ and ‘craziness’ generated by our present-day lifestyles, and the desire to ‘have in quantity’ rather than to ‘have with quality’. It speaks for a less coercive environment, one that includes happier, lighter and more fruitful moments.

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[edit] History

Slow Food is an international member-supported organization that has developed many structural entities to help realize its projects. It spans over 80,000 members in over 850 convivia worldwide.

The symbol of Slow Food is a snail, which symbolizes the slow but steady pace of eating and growing food. The concept needs to be promoted and the movement strengthened in order to protect our indigenous food system and culture throughout the world.

[edit] Meaning

Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. The underlying belief is that food should taste good and contribute to good health, should be produced in an environment-friendly way, should not harm animals, and should help fairly compensate the producers of food.

Slow Food attaches equal – if not greater – importance to food habits, promotion of indigenous food production, preparation and conservation of biodiversity. One way of doing this would be by being co-producers – not consumers – and by being informed about how our food is produced and actively support those who produce it (be a partner in the production process). What it basically boild down to is cooking from scratch with local ingredients, that harm no one on the planet.

To go slow with your own food

  • Know more about your food, how it tastes and where it comes from makes the act of eating all the more pleasurable.
  • Understand the importance of where your food comes from, who makes it and how it’s made.
  • Visit an orchard or local farm, per part of food and wine tastings, invite a local producer at a function.
  • Train staff and teachers to improve meals in schools, offices, institutions, etc.
  • Grow it yourself. Learn to grow plants, learn the cycle of the seasons and also learn about the delicious ways of using the ingredients in the kitchen.

[edit] The Movement

The Slow Food Movement seeks to discourage the preparation and use of tasteless and stale stuff in favor of fresh, home-grown and home-prepared food. It encourages farmers to revive the old environment-friendly method of cultivation and grow organic and natural food. Slow Food also promotes all indigenous food habits in the world as they throw light on the history and culture of a community and society.

[edit] Participate

Surf the Slow Food movement across the globe:

  • Ireland
  • USA
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

[edit] References

  • Slow Food

[edit] Additional Information

  • Eatwild is a comprehensive online source of information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture with a shopping guide to local farms that supply all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products.
  • True Food Now 40,000 member network dedicated to stopping the genetic engineering of our food, farms and future, and working with others to create a socially just, democratic and sustainable food system.
  • Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”
  • A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

[edit] See Also