The Slow Food movement is an international organization founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini. Slow Food was originally founded in Italy and is currently headquartered there, but the movement continues today around the globe. There currently are over 100,000 members worldwide in 1500 convivia (which are local chapters). Slow Food USA specifically has 25,000 members and over 250,000 supporters with 250 convivia. These communities practice sustainable production of food. Slow Food promotes an alternative to fast food and encourages natural farming of the ecosystem.
The movement has many objectives, but their main philosophy is: “We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible.” The organization believes in neogastronomy, which describes the relationship between plate, planet, people and culture. They promote good, clean, and fair food. More specifically, Slow Food endorses a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses of local culture, with clean food production and consumption that doesn’t harm the environment, animals or our health that is reasonably priced for consumers. Their objectives also include educating consumers about the risks of fast food and monoculture, lobbying against use of pesticides and genetic engineering, and organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions.
Personally, I find this movement intriguing and it’s a great idea but would be very hard to live by. I wish I could follow these objectives but I think it’s a lot harder to do. I believe in the same principles, which is why I chose to research the organization. I also think that this organization could greatly coincide with Whole Foods’ mission. If I had the money, time and more self-control, I could see myself following this social movement.