Slow Food is a big, worldwide movement. In fact, it is often described as the start of the Slow Movement, rather than the other way around with the Slow Movement birthing a Slow Food movement.
In 1986, Italian Carl Petrini organized a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s near the historic Spanish Steps in Rome. That launched an organization and fueled a movement that has caused people to start questioning the pace of modern life and how it has changed the way we produce, prepare and eat food. According to Slow Food Revolution, “We are paying a great price for our speed obsession. The price is in the unhealthy fast food we consume. It is in the harm we are doing to our environment. It is in the loss of many unique varieties of food and tastes that have marked our cultural diversity.”
Much of the information about Slow Food will not directly relate to families, but it’s interesting to understand the philosophy behind it and give it some thought. Maybe as you learn more about the idea of eating organic, simple, local foods grown using sustainable methods, you’ll adjust your meal planning in the months ahead. Who knows? Maybe you’ll start riding bikes with your kids to a local farmer’s market in the summer, or plant your own back yard garden. Slow food might serve as a catalist, helping your family shift to a slower lifestyle.
Someone who has been driving for a change in the way the world eats is Alice Waters. Be sure to watch the 60 Minutes interview with Waters that reveals her heart behind why slow food matters. I can’t seem to imbed it, but you can watch it here and enjoy the following YouTube excerpt (watch for the scene showing students working the soil in a school-sponsored garden):