Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s 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.
I agree with all of that. They seem to have started out as a group of gourmets who were interested in fighting the growth of fast food and supporting fine dining. But their mission has developed and now they also support fair trade, biodiversity, local food, seed banks and heirloom varieties, and organic farming. They oppose monoculture, factory farms and agribusiness, genetic modification, and the use of agrichemicals.
I think it's a great example of how ethical issues and quality of life issues complement each other. I began gardening organically because of environmental and health concerns, but it has had an enormous impact on the flavour and freshness of the food I eat, and has improved my quality of life in various other ways as well. The gourmets and the greenies are on the same side. It's a surprise, but a very nice one.