Oxford dictionary meaning of slow food: Food that is produced or prepared in accordance with local culinary traditions, typically using high-quality locally sourced ingredients. Background of Slow Food: (Wikipedia) Slow Food is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986.Discover the 54 Rare Medicinal plants available in Meghalaya and their traditional uses. Download ebook
Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. At its heart is the aim to promote local foods and traditional gastronomy and food production. Conversely this means an opposition to fast food, industrial food production and globalisation.
We don't wish to adopt a strategy of open conflict with the multinationals," he (Carlo Petrini) said. Instead he and his colleagues set about creating resistance to fast food by building awareness of the wealth of traditional food that was at risk. (Source)There are now over 100,000 members in over 150 countries! Given the current interest in organic farming and everything natural and healthy, the movement has started to pick up momentum.
The philosophy of the Slow Food Movement: Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.Notable among the string of objectives of Slow Food are: (Source)
• Educating consumers about the risks of fast food
• Developing various political programmes to preserve family farms
• Lobbying for the inclusion of organic farming concerns within
• Lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering
• Lobbying against the use of pesticides
A number of Mei-Ramew (Mother Earth) Food Festivals were initiated in the villages that celebrated and highlighted unique crops that are disappearing and cuisines that are almost being forgotten says their website.
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