What Is Slow Food, Anyway?

What is Slow Food, anyway? Why would anyone think about food as slow or fast?

You know how nice it is to sit down to a home made meal and share with family and friends?  Do you find you don’t have time for that and you are eating take-out more? (Hmmm, by the way, what are your friends and family doing tonight? Invite them to dinner. What a good idea.)

Minnesota is a farming state with lots of great topsoil! Minnesotans know about making and producing good food.  This slow food movement is not just a concept in the great north. This is a place where people are preserving the tradition of cooking and caring for each other and sharing food and good conversation – it’s about life.

The cultural and food diversity here is exciting.  People have come to live in Minnesota from all over the world, bringing their culture and foods.  It’s given Minnesotans a food culture that is unprecedented. It was noted in a recent magazine article that there were over 700 restaurants in the Twin Cities.  Many of these restaurants are using local producers’ foods.

Sabina (Culinary writer) turned me on to the International Slow Food movement. http://www.slowfood.com

What is this about?

  1. Food that is safely and cleanly produced and labor is equitably paid
  2. Preserving Biodiversity – eating locally produced foods and the fair management of animals
  3. Funding food projects around the world
  4. Bringing better food to the schools

There are people all over the world who have joined to support creating education and awareness programs and to share their knowledge and experience of producing food and meals.

Why is this important?

The Connection between food, the planet and people is linked to sustainable agriculture for a healthy planet and population.  Everyone is aware of the enormous impacts of industrialized agriculture and food production that are changing the health of the planet and people.

The Slow Food Movement started in Italy.

“The setting is Rome, 1986. In the historic Piazza di Spagna, McDonald’s opens a franchise. A small group, led by Carlo Petrini, stages a protest. It’s the start of a revolution, the Slow Food revolution. Today, the Slow Food organization counts more than eighty thousand members around the world, dedicated to reviving the pleasures of the table. To slow down, to know where one’s food comes from, to preserve the taste of real food—this is the mission. The movement promotes agricultural biodiversity, sustainable farming, local producers, and heritage foodways.”  – Gigi Padovani – Quoted from: http://www.gigipadovani.it/slowfood_revolution_en/ , July 16, 2010.

Read: The Slow Food Revolution by Carlo Petrini and Gigi Padovani for more information.

Have a slow food meal today. You’ll smile.

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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