What is Slow Food?
Slow food is an international non-profit organization association.
It was founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986 as a response to the standardizing effects of fast food and frenetic pace of the “fast way of life”.
It now involves over 80,000 people in 104 countries around the world.
In each country conviviums are created numbering 750 all around the world, thus the creation of Slow Food Beirut in Lebanon.
What are the aims of Slow Food?
Slow food’s aim is to link ethic and pleasure.
It celebrates differences in flavors, artisan food production, small-scale agriculture, sustainable approaches to fishing and farming.
It works on restoring cultural dignity to food, to promote taste education and strives to defend biodiversity.
Slow Food defends biodiversity:
Slow food records plant species and animal breeds at risk of extinction and bring them into the Ark of Taste.
Slow food supports practical initiatives through Presidia projects aiming to safeguard animal breeds and plant varieties, protect tradition production methods, save outstanding food products and their places of origin.
Slow food celebrates through the slow food award for the defense of biodiversity, the defenders of the planet.
Slow food provides resources through the slow food foundation for biodiversity. Financial support is required to implement the many initiatives in defense of biodiversity.
Slow Food educates:
Slow food organizes educational programs at all levels and for everyone: children and teacher, members around the world and anyone wanting to attend a slow food event.
The University of Gastronomic Sciences – the only university of its kind, where high level research is carried out .
Slow Food events:
Slow food events give people the opportunity to meet producers, to learn more and taste the fruits of their noble and essential labors.
Salon del Gusto in Turin, Italy
Cheese in Bra, Italy
Slow fish in Genoa, Italy
Westward Slow, in Denver, USA
Aux Origines du Gout in Montpellier, France
The German Cheese Market at Nieheim, Gemany
And many more…
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