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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

The definition of ‘fast food’ according to the Wikipedia is food cooked in build and in advance, kept warm or re-heated to order....

Slow Fish a great success

Slow Food in collaboration with the region of Liguria, has just finished celebr4ating the event Slow Fish 2007. It was a great success with 42,000 visitors, a much higher number than expected. ...

National Sea Change Task Force urges more flood studies

ABC Wed Jul 11 07 The Mayor of Maroochy Shire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Joe Natoli, says it could be another 12 months before the CSIRO is able to undertake a flood modelling study in the Sunshine Coast region because the research body is under-funded. ...

Treechangers change country culture

An influx of treechangers into a rural community can keep population levels steady but it can change the needs and expectations within the community. ...

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Slow Food

The Slow Food movement aims to preserve cultural cuisine and in so doing to preserve the food plants and seeds, domestic animals and farming within an ecoregion. The slow food movement has become a social and political movement capable of resisting the dehumanising effects of large-scale, commercial food production Connect over food
Connect over food
and the fast-food industry. If you are interested knowing more about slow food and how it sits within the slow movement, In Praise of Slow : How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore will give you what you are after. Honore was a self-professed speedaholic and his book will make you rethink your relationship with time.

The Slow Food movement has its origins in the 1980s in Italy.  When McDonald’s planned to build an franchise outlet near the Piazza di Spagna in Rome in 1986, Carlo Petrini organised a demonstration in which he and his followers brandished bowls of penne as weapons of protest.  Their demonstration was successful and soon after, Carlo founded the International Slow Food Movement which runs counter to the fast food, fast life, non-sustainable food production and the eroding of local economies.

The time was right for this movement and by the 1990s Slow Food had grown hugely and was developing a new political dimension, lobbying the EU on trade and agricultural policy and working to save endangered foods. This expansion in focus is one reason for the organisation’s growth since 1995 – growing from 20,000 to 65,000 members in 42 countries. Carlo Petrini has written a number of books on Slow Food. Perhaps the most readable and interesting is Slow Food (The Case For Taste) which provides a philosophical understanding and a history of the movement. Sounds dry but it isn't. The book give convincing arguments to persuade us to take care in what, and how, we consume.

Recent developments include the establishment of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, whose mission is to organise and fund projects that defend our world’s heritage of agricultural biodiversity and gastronomic traditions. The foundation envisions a new agricultural system that respects local cultural identities, the earth’s resources, sustainable animal husbandry, and the health of individual consumers.

One of the key tenets of Slow Food is the belief in the right to pleasure.  The Slow Food Manifesto declares that:

Social eating
Social eating

            A firm defence of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast LifeWe have lost many of the traditionsl and artisan recipies that create the pleasures of dining socially. The Pleasures of Slow Food: Celebrating Authentic Traditions, Flavors, and Recipes is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional foods, recipies and the pleasures of eating well. This book includes 40 traditional and easily doable recipies that excite us to put aside the time to produce truly gratifying food.

The slow food movement challenges us to think about how consumption choices we make form part of on interdependent network within a social economy – the pleasures of food preparation and consumption among friends and family helps develop social and cultural capital. Some places are setting out to be known as slow food destinations. Stradbroke Island off the Queensland coast has recently been recognised as the world's first Slow Island

An important component of the Slow Food movement is the commitment to educate children about the origins and taste of food – to help them to have a connection to the food they eat.  It aims to help children develop their senses and their appreciation of food and the pleasure of eating as a gastronomic and social event.

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