In the spirit of maintaining a healthy holiday season, we're taking a closer look today at a very interesting and important health-inspired movement that originated in Italy. If you've never heard of it, this amazing organization is called Slow Food, aptly named to oppose fast food and industrial food production. Today we're going to find out what it is, what the objectives are, and why we care about its mission!
Slow Food was created by Carlo Petrini in 1986 in response to the plans to open an McDonald's in Rome. The organization works to promote local food, traditional cooking and the preservation of traditional and regional cuisine. The organization has since spread worldwide and includes over 100,000 members in 150 countries.
Per their website, the Slow Food approach is based on a concept of food defined by three principles: good, clean and fair.
- quality, flavorsome and healthy food
- production that does not harm the environment
- accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers
Slow Food has evolved to include a number of important objectives surrounded these three principles, some of which are:
- organizing small scale processing
- organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions
- promoting "taste education"
- education about the risks of fast food
- encouraging ethical buying
- lobbying against the use of pesticides
- lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering
We have always been conscious of the ingredients in our products and admire the efforts of this growing organization. We're proud of our Italian roots for making such an impact on the health of so many people!