We´ve all heard of fast food. Driving down the main street of almost any town or city anywhere in the world will bombard us with the famous logos of dozens of fast food companies we´ve come to know by heart. Ironically, many young children in the United States can identify the logos of fast food companies but not real vegetables grown from the earth.
Fast food is an inevitable result of the fast culture of the fast society we live in today. We are trained to believe that being busy is the most important of virtues, while having “free” time is a sign of laziness. And due to our business, many of us feel that we simply don´t have time to eat anything but fast food, and thus the industrial food movement has moved in to offer us fast food restaurants, microwavable dinners, canned food that can be heated up in seconds, and a number of other “conveniences” that allow us to continue our fast-paced life.
In 1986, a group of Italians lead by a man named Carlo Petrini felt that they had heard enough of fast food, and decided to form a grassroots organization that has become known as the Slow Food Movement. In dozens of countries all around the world, the Slow Food Movement mobilizes people and communities to preserve traditional and regional foods. The movement encourages people to farm according to what the local ecosystem permits.
At the same time, the Slow Food Movement helps people understand the damage caused by the globalization of the fast food model. As an alternative, the Slow Food Movement promotes local foods and traditional gastronomy.
People the world over are coming to realize that the industrial, fast food model is simply not working. The Slow Food Movement has over 100,000 members in 150 countries making it a truly worldwide movement. The objectives of the Slow Food Movement include:
Hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world have groups of concerned citizens that have united to create Local Food Committees. If you are concerned about how the industrial fast food mentality is ruining local food traditions, you may be able to find a Slow Food group new year to get involved in the important work of protecting local food sovereignty.