About Slow Food…
Promoted as an alternative to fast food and fast life, the Slow Food movement strives to preserve traditional and regional food and farming techniques, which suits the local ecosystem. The movement aims to cultivate public appreciation for locally produced food, wine and authentic tastes.
In 1986 Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food Movement, in resistance to the opening of a Mc Donald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome.
In 1989, the founding manifesto of the international Slow Food movement was signed in Paris by representatives from 15 countries.
It gradually gained momentum around the world and had expanded to include over 100 000 members in over 150 countries, one of which is South Africa.
Some of the objectives of the Slow Food movement are to:
- Preserve and promote local and traditional food products.
- Promote “taste education”.
- Educate consumers about the risks of fast food.
- Educate people about the risks of monoculture and reliance on too few varieties.
- Encourage ethical buying in the local market place.
The Slow Food Movement in South Africa is led by Stephen Flesch, who believes in celebrating, protecting and promoting foods that are good, clean and fair.
“Good food is delicious, natural and part of a cultural heritage. Clean food is grown sustainably, in an environmentally responsible manner. Fair food is produced by farmers and artisans who have food sovereignty: they are free to choose how, when, where and what food they produce, and are adequately remunerated and respected for their work.”
The Slow Food Mother City website maps out ways in which we can achieve the Slow Food objectives:
- Safeguard local and indigenous dishes, made according to traditional methods.
- Give preference to foods that are grown and produced sustainably, by small farmers and producers, using traditional skills and methods.
- Regard meal times as an opportunity to celebrate our relationships and culture.
- Believe that the enjoyment of food is a right of all people.
If you’d like to find out more please visit www.slowfood.com and www.slowfoodmothercity.co.za. You can also become a member (for a minimal fee) and the Cape Town convivium will keep you up-to-date on where to get good, clean and fair food products, as well as any events that are being held for like-minded supporters of this movement.