I wrote a post about Slow Living recently. Now I want to dig into Slow Food.
So first I wanted to know where the term came from and find resources to read.
What’s the history of Slow Food?
In 1986, McDonald’s wanted to open a franchise at the base of the Spanish Steps and Italians were not pleased, so they gathered for a protest.
Instead of just waving signs and chanting, they brought a big bowl of penne pasta and handed it out to the crowd that gathered.
People shared a meal at the Spanish Steps and began chanting “we don’t want fast food, we want Slow Food.” That gathering was the foundation for the birth of the Slow Food movement.
I suppose growing up we had Slow Food. The chickens laid the eggs we ate. My grannies killed the chickens they cooked.
We had a big vegetable garden and then my grannies canned lots of fruits and vegetables in the summer for winter eating. Those jars of food went into the cellar out back.
I didn’t know what a can of food looked like till way down the line.
The Slow Food core values:
- Believe that delicious nutrition is a right for everyday life
- Cultivate joyful connections to community and place
- Advocate for diversity in ecosystems and societies
- Protect natural resources for future generations
- Help people and the environment depend on each other
- Promote food that is local, seasonal, and sustainably grown
- Build local cooperation and global collaboration while respecting all laws
- Require no prerequisite or credential for participation
- Fight for dignity of labor from field to fork
You can join this initiative and find out more about what you can do in your community here.
So now I’m learning about Slow Living and Slow Food. Trying to improve my quality of life. Trying to be healthy. (Which means I need to avoid Popeye’s Chicken!)
I’m not a spring chicken anymore, so I need to be more cognizant and deliberate about what I put into my mouth and how much of it I swallow.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been more selective about where I get food and the ingredients in my food. But I do struggle with picking up fast food.
Living alone, I have not felt the need or desire to cook like I did when I had a family eating meals with me. Who wants to cook for one?
Cooking for one often means eggs and toast in my home.
What are your thoughts about this?