locavores, famers markets
*This article has been updated 2019

Slow food vs. fast food.  In 1986 McDonalds wanted to open near the Spanish steps in Rome.  The resistance to that was the beginning of the slow food movement.  Over the next 23 years the Slow Food organization spread to over 122 countries with 800 chapters.  Each chapter’s director is responsible for promoting local artisans, local farmers and local flavors.

Supporters include Michael Pollen who wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, and the chef Alice Waters.

Here are some of the most notable objectives of the Slow Food Movement:

  • Celebrate and encourage local culinary foods and traditions
  • Educate consumers about the risks of fast food
  • Educate consumers about the drawbacks of commercial agribusiness and factory farms
  • Lobby against the use of pesticides
  • Develop political programs to preserve family farms
  • Encourage people to eat seasonal, fresh food

To sum up, Slow Food is about eating locally, seasonally and sustainably.  As Michael Pollen says, “Eat like your grandmother.”

For more information, go to

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php

To understand locavores go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locavores

To find farmer’s markets in your area go to www.localharvest.org.  To find farmer’s markets and healthy places to eat wherever you are, go to www.eatwellguide.org.

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