By Dane Feldman
Photo courtesy of Peter Liu.
In the continued spirit of Slow Week here on BTR, I want to discuss the Slow Food movement, what it means for us as foodies, and what it means for us as consumers.
Slow Food USA, founded in 1989 by Carlo Petrini, aims to counteract the steady rise of fast food consumption as well as industrialized farming. Part of Petrini’s mission is to “keep those alternative food choices alive,” which is key to us foodies. The Slow Food movement’s 100,000+ members worldwide also push people to support the commonplace farmers and, in turn, to support our environment and eat clean.
It falls on us to push new recipes and variations of old favorites. It also falls on us to remind others to eat farm-to-table, to grow our own herbs and vegetables, and to compost at home. Slow Food USA asks participants to help sustain food traditions and protect naturally growing foods.
Personally, I was raised in a home where slow food is the norm. My parents have grown many of their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs since before I was born. They compost. They eat clean and they shop at farmer’s markets when they can. Because of the way I was raised, I intend to do the same for the rest of my life. Not only is it good for our planet to consume and grow food this way, but it’s also good for our bodies, which is something you already know I advocate.
I urge you to get involved with any of the USA’s 225 Slow Food chapters, grow your own food, eat clean, feed your pets slow food, and pay attention to where your food comes from when you grocery shop.