When someone says ‘slow food’, do you tend to think of waiting forever for your food at a restaurant? If so, let me help bring you into 2014 and to, as they say, ‘get with the program.’ Slow food is really a parallel to fast food, and aims to bring back basics in food and eating that have all but disappeared in our current lifestyles. The Slow Food movement has several main goals: that the food tastes good and is managed and harvested in a sustainable manner, to save unique foods that might become scarce and to connect food producers more closely to their consumers.
Slow food advocates prefer eating foods in season and also stress the importance of eating foods grown locally. This helps you and your community by getting you the freshest food while keeping your money in the more localized area. Members also participate in local education programs on subjects such as gardening and the dangers of fast food.
There are several slow food groups here in the United States, including Slow Food USA, which describes their mission this way:
“Slow Food USA seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.”
After beginning in the 1980’s in Italy with Carlo Petrini, the Slow Foods movement has expanded to what is said to be over 100,000 members in 132 countries across the world. Some countries, such as Switzerland, have been quicker to adopt the ways of the movement, more so than here in the hard headed United States.
Slow Food chapters are opening up everyday, in cities and town all over America, and as consumers become more educated and more aware of what they are eating, curiosity about it rises. This is a prime example of the old saying ‘good things come to those who wait.’ While fast food maybe just that, fast is certainly not always the preferred way to eat. Slow foods are more pure and more tasty, and the more you eat them, the more you will crave them. It’s easy to learn more about slow foods; just look to your local library or to your computer. You never know, there might be a Slow Foods group already in your area, and if not perhaps you could start on of your own.