Slow Food

Slow Food is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986. Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem.It was the first established part of the broader Slow movement. The movement has since expanded globally to over 100,000 members in 153 countries. Its goals of sustainable foods and promotion of local small businesses are paralleled by a political agenda directed against globalization of agricultural products.

A network of 100,000 members in 153 countries – grouped in 1,300 local chapters called convivia – develops activities, projects and events at a local, regional and global level.

These currently include:

Carlo Petrini, the founder

• More than 5000 Slow Food initiatives each year

• 10,000 small producers involved in 314 Presidia projects

• 903 products at risk of extinction promoted through the Ark of Taste catalog

• 1,300 food education activities and 350 school gardens in 100 countries

• Terra Madre network activities which involve 2,000 food communities, 1,000 cooks, 500 academics and 1,000 young activists

Please, visit Slow Food web site for more information www.slowfood.com