What is slow food?
Slow Food was originally founded in the 1980s in Italy with the aim of defending regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life.
What are the benefits?
Slow food is not only a group but also a way of life. By cooking mindfully you’ll become more aware of exactly what you’re eating and where it came from, and by slowing down - literally and figuratively - when eating, you’ll be able to appreciate the taste and texture of the food. The community side of things is a great way to get your kids outdoors, learning about farming and nutrition.
How can I get involved?
Join the official Slow Food movement by joining a chapter (or “convivium” in Slow Food terms) of the official organisation. If you aren’t ready to commit but still want to get involved, then Slow Food suggests the following:
1) Buy whole ingredients. Cook them. Eat them.
2) Avoid processed stuff with long ingredient lists. Eat real food.
3) Grow some of your own food. Even if just on your windowsill.
4) Whenever possible, know the story behind the food you buy.
5) Buy local food; find out what is in season!
1) Cook and eat with others – not just family and friends. Bring new people and perspectives to the table.
2) Join a community garden and grow food with others.
3) Connect with your local Slow Food chapter.
4) Shake the hand that feeds you. Meet the people who grow your food. Shop at a farmers market, visit a farm or buy shares from a farm that offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
5) Learn about your local or regional food history and cultural dishes.”
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