After a trip to Italy, Kimmer asked me if I knew about the “Slow Food Movement”. Never heard of it…until now! Turns out I’ve been helping the cause and didn’t even know it!
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who link the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community and their environment. Founded in Italy by Carlo Petrini, the Slow Food Movement works to “counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and peoples dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world”.
Slow Food encourages you to go slow in your life and be conscientious about the food you eat. In an earlier post, we featured Michael Pollan’s gem of a book: “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual“. Many of his rules fit perfectly with the Slow Food Movement, such as Rule 62: Eat Slow and Rule 65: Give Some Thought To Where Your Food Comes From.
How can you be involved? You can become a member, donate to a project, help save an endangered food, or simply strive to be a responsible consumer. Here’s 6 easy ways you can participate daily in the Slow Food Movement:
- Buy whole ingredients. Cook them. Eat them.
- Avoid processed stuff with long ingredient lists. Eat real food.
- Grow some of your own food. Even if just on your windowsill.
- Whenever possible, know the story behind the food you buy.
- Buy local food; find out what is in season.
- If you eat meat, choose grass-fed; if you eat poultry, choose free-range
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With Farmers Markets in full swing, summer season is a great opportunity to bask in the bounty of local produce, support your community and participate in the Slow Food Movement! Go Local! Eat Healthy! And Enjoy!