What You Should Know About the Slow Food Movement
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SoleèVita’s loves and respects everything that lives, is made, and thrives under the sun! The Slow Food international organization envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.
So what is Slow Food?
Slow Food is an international grassroots membership organization that focuses on “good, clean, and fair food for all”. Good food, meaning that the flavor is excellent, it is served within season and incredibly fresh, comes from a local source, and serves a quality dietary purpose.
Slow Food was started by Carlo Petrini and a group of activists in the 1980s in Italy with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Today Slow Food represents a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in over 160 countries.
What does clean food mean?
It means that food should be able to nourish the body and be made in a way that supports biodiversity and environmentally responsible. Fair food should be able to be purchased by all and should sold for an amount that respects the ones who labored for it. Most importantly, everyone should have access to good, clean and fair food. They recognize that food is a valuable part of culture and should be valued as a part of local culture and should be taken an interest in.
What do they do?
Slow Food focuses on protecting food biodiversity, connecting producers and consumers, and raising awareness of issues and topics that are in that area. All of these things are done at local, national, and international levels among Slow Food members. They do these things through projects, food and taste education, events, and connecting other like-minded individuals.
How can you get involved?
You can become a valued member of their network, where everyone is working towards common goals. Donating is also an option, where the money goes towards funding Slow Food projects around the world. These projects range from preserving threatened foods to empowering food communities.
A unique way you can get involved is saving an endangered food for the Ark of Taste. Go through a catalog that lists over 1000 products, with a wide range of food and sources of food and look through many items for your region. You’ll find out if simply buying more of the product will support the producers enough to continue producing, or maybe eating less of the product in order to allow that thing to reproduce more frequently. Lastly, be a responsible and knowledgeable consumer. Know where your food comes from and buy ingredients that can be used to make a wholesome meal. Grow some of your own food, even if it’s a tiny amount. Buy local food whenever possible. Grow, eat, and share with others!
Why SoleèVita loves Slow Food
Slow Food is the perfect example of an organization that respects everything in the food cycle, whether that be the actual food, the producer and laborer, and the consumer. They live by their word, nurture their body with delicious, local food, share with others by education and by dining with each other, and explore new ways to educate others and ways to preserve biodiversity. For more information, see http://www.slowfood.com/