Slow Food Movement

The Slow Food movement was founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini in Italy as a movement to combat fast food and preserve cultural cuisine. According to their mission statement Slow Food advocates “believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.”

Petrini started the movement when a McDonald’s chain opened by the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Members of Slow Food promote local artisans, local farmers, and local flavors through events such as taste workshops, wine tastings, cooking classes, and farmers’ markets. They teach people about the benefits of locally produced foods and the costs of fast food chains and large-scale food processors.

The movement has expanded globally to 100 countries, and offices have been opened in Switzerland, Germany, New York, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The Slow Food movement also spurred the Slow City movement, and recently there have been talks about starting a Slow Car movement.

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