Slow Food


Slow Food

Slow Food means taking the time to prepare or enjoy a well planned and cooked meal, usually made from locally available sources and often organically grown, though not required. Local dining - slow food

The Slow Food Movement started in Italy, as a rally against a fast food McDonald's restaurant that was moving into the area. The Slow Food Movement has since taken off around the world.

The Slow Food movement has several objectives within its mission:

  • forming and sustaining seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties in cooperation with local food systems
  • developing an "Ark of Taste" for each eco region, where local culinary traditions and foods are celebrated
  • preserving and promoting local and traditional food products, along with their lore and preparationSlow Food - small chicken flock
  • organizing small-scale processing
  • organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions
  • promoting "taste education"
  • educating consumers about the risks of fast food
  • educating citizens about the drawbacks of commercial agribusiness and factory farms
  • educating citizens about the risks of mono culture and reliance on too few genomes or varieties
  • developing various political programs to preserve family farms
  • lobbying for the inclusion of organic farming concerns within agricultural policy
  • lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering
  • lobbying against the use of pesticides
  • teaching gardening skills
  • encouraging ethical buying in local marketplacesSlow Food - prepared by hand


Besides the main website for the slow food movement at SlowFood, there are additional websites all over the globe. They include:

What Can You Do?

  • Visit your local farmers market and buy local
  • At your big grocery store chain, look for local alternatives - is there a different vegetable you could pick that came from only a few miles away
  • Pack your lunch - make healthy meals the night before and store in reusable containers in the fridge
  • Grow a garden - there are several veggies and fruits that grow well in your area.
  • When dining out, ask if the business buys local. Plan ahead and make the time to relax and enjoy your meal.
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  • Take in the special events for your area, related to the food that is grown there - first harvest of the spring, fall fairs, pick-your-own centers, farmer's markets, wine festivals, etc.


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