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What is Slow Food?

What is Slow Food?

It’s about everything from salads to supper and everything in between.
It’s about the interaction between the farmer, grocer, you, your family and friends. Many a friendship can be made talking with the people in between the food to your plate. 

Gardening is one aspect of Slow Food.
Here’s the moveable feast of a garden.

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From addoway
I put out this shelving to put the herbs that I keep buying onto before I transplant to the garden.  Three of the ones on the 2nd shelf, I grew from seed.  Everything else came from the local garden center.  I used to work in a garden center , one season and took home
all the seconds and canned liked crazy!  I loved it.  But, then I had to go back to a real 9-5 job and gave up the canning and preserving for ten years.  Well, still working full time, I’m planning on drying, canning and freezing any abundance I may harvest from this moveable garden and the little raised bed: But check out the Slow Food 'definition' and some other aspects globally. 
Gardenbeforeandafter
 Before I knew what Slow Food meant, I was a Slow Foodie.  I cook everything from scratchand buy local fresh produce.  I now can say, I am growing my own vegetables, fruits and herbs, yet on a small scale.  I like the idea of knowing where my food comes from.  That’s another thing with Slow Food, it’s good to know where it came from.  Most Slow Foodies are organic lovers too and cook from scratch and not packaged processed or mass produced products. 

Take a look at the excerpts and articles below:

"From producer to plate: What is Slow Food?
Slow Food – Petrini's term – is used to signal awareness of a food's origin, on the part of the producer and "co-producer", the movement's name for the consumer. Slow Food shies away from the word "consumer" because "by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a part of and a partner in the production process".

Promoted by members of the organisation, the term stipulates that the food should "taste good, that it should be produced in a clean way which fully respects the environment, human health and animal welfare" and that "food producers are paid a fair wage".
Slow Food is necessarily regional, promoting and protecting local produce. Its aim: "To counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how food choices affect the rest of the world."

From 2009
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/carlo-petrini-the-slow-food-gourmet-who-started-a-revolution-1837223.html
Also visit and download the Slow Food International Almanac with Presidents from several countrieshere:

http://www.slowfood.it/editore/Riviste/almanacco/eng/pdf/01Editoriali_7_27.pdf



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Donna's Stuff & More | July 18th 2012 at 1342621147

With the genetically engineered foods becoming more prevailent it is even more important to know where our food comes from. I had never heard the term slow food, but I love it! ;-D
 | July 20th 2012 at 1342840249

Very interesting, I have never heard of that before. For 10 years now I have been buying organic food and growing my own gardens. I became aware of the toxins in food ever since my son was diagnosed with Autism and started being more careful of what I gave him. Ingredients play a big part in children with ADHD an Autism and they're behavior the more natural and homemade the better!

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