Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Slow Food

I've been reading about the Slow Food organisation:
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.

4 comments:

Hamster said...

This is an issue really close to my heart. I've always been concerned about the environment, but I've only started to get really passionate about it (and start making lifestyle changes) in the last year or so. For me, it started with wanting food that tasted better than what was in the supermarket, as on my year abroad I'd found food seemed to taste fresher and better in other countries. The more I learned about food production, the more I realised that food, the environment, seasons, conservation, carbon emissions were all part of one big complicated... thing. Since then I've started gardening, and also taken up crafts like knitting and cross stitching, bought most of my clothes in charity shops, volunteered with conservation projects, done what I can to insulate my house...
Glad someone else feels the same!

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