The Slow Food Movement
In a nutshell, Slow Food can be described as a movement that strives to preserve and promote the farming of plants, seeds and livestock. It’s main focus is to serve as an alternative to fast food. To arm the inhabitants of earth with the knowledge and ability to create a sustainable way of life that is beneficial to the planet and all those who call it home.
The Slow Food visionary, Carlo Petrini, began this movement in the 1980’s when he single-handedly took a stand against the ever popular fast food chain, McDonald’s at the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy. He believed, we the people, deserved more.
His main focus was to preserve the pleasures of a slow pace life that would ultimately bridge the gap between plate, planet, people and culture. His approach is based on three main components: “GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.”
In this fast pace world that we have widely accepted, come accustomed to and live in, the decline of human health is at an all time high which can be directly linked to the rise in consumption of fast food.