Slow Food : what is this ?

A way of life more and more known and which has been developing in more than 130 countries since the 80s. The slow food movement is also part of slow life and is a totally different way of life that starts more and more. more to develop following the production and mass consumption.

What is the slow food concept?

Slow food is a non-profit movement that respects several values ​​and was created in Italy in 1986 by Carlo Petrini and his colleagues from the Italian gastronomic society “Arcigola” in reaction to “fast food” and the generalization of junk food like McDonald’s and other fast food and industrial chains. Today, this movement, developed in 132 countries in total, is opposed to food standardization and leads to a desire to respect the environment around us by promoting local products that contain no chemical ingredients or pesticides.

The goal of slow food is to consume products from small local producers or elsewhere so that they can live through our purchases of their products. Second, it helps to respect the environment while protecting biodiversity and enhancing the culture and gastronomy of each country or city. Moreover, thanks to this association, Carlo Petrini hopes to return to a diversified diet, respect for biodiversity as well as gastronomic traditions, and also the contact between consumers and small producers.

In 2004, Carlo Petrini created Terra Madre, always in the continuity of the international movement “slow food”: that of respecting what the farmers or local peasants do and to well pay them for that.

The goal of this slow food movement is also to appreciate what we have on our plate or what we have prepared to eat: appreciate the different tastes and flavors, which will eventually slow down our time taken to eat and will prevent us from “jumping” on the dishes served. Hence the symbol and logo of the slow food movement, a snail that represents slowness.

In addition, with the presence of multinationals and while remaining respectful of the environment, the slow food movement wants to allow people to promote products and local food through the discovery of producers and their know-how . That’s why they set up peasant shows or markets allowing small farmers to present their local produce.

Finally, the slow life organization has also created several other projects to preserve good products in the process of disappearing: the Sentinels, the Ark of Taste and finally the Alliance of Cooks.

The Slow Food and its international progression

Globally, the international Slow Food movement brings a certain solidarity to the poorest people thanks to the financial support of the various projects (Sentinels, Ark of Taste or the Alliance of Cooks). These financial supports allow the taking over of the construction of kitchens or restaurants in countries (Italy, Brazil …), improvements of the means of production in Nicaragua …

In addition, with the presence of multinationals and while remaining respectful of the environment, the slow food movement wants to allow people to promote products and local food through the discovery of producers and their know-how . That’s why they set up peasant shows or markets allowing small farmers to present their local products.

The Slow Food movement continues to grow in many countries and more and more people: craftsmen, producers, individuals and even lambdas people join and join this movement. So do not hesitate to join in to avoid and minimize waste and increase the income of small producers.

You can also learn more about the slow travel, slow cosmetic and slow money movements and more generally about the SLOW LIFE concept thanks to our other articles.

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