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Slow Food in Fast Food

The symbol of the Slow Food Movement is the ‘snail’. A snail moves slowly but surely, calmly eating its way through life and covering a lot more ground than expected, while leaving its trail behind.

08 Haziran 2016 Çarşamba 09:47
  Slow Food in Fast Food

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The book titled “The Slow Food Revolution”, which perfectly sums up the new way of life and food culture, defines the slow food movement as follows: The symbol of the Slow Food Movement is the ‘snail’. A snail moves slowly but surely, calmly eating its way through life and covering a lot more ground than expected, while leaving its trail behind. Just like a snail, the slow food movement has come a long way since its creation. What began as a small group in Italy in 1986 has grown into an influential gastronomical movement with a hundred thousand members from hundred and thirty-two different countries.

The Slow Food Movement is a well-known and highly regarded movement established in 1986 in Italy. It was established by Carlo Petrini, a man who sought to preserve the traditional and regional cuisine as an alternative to the rising fast food culture. In 1986, when McDonalds decided to open up a new restaurant in the heart of the famous Spanish Steps, supporters of local culture rallied against it and succeeded in preventing the fast-food chain from doing so. In light of this victory, those who came together for this cause also laid the groundwork for the establishment of a new movement in the world.   

The movement, which promotes preserving traditional food and drinks and local ecosystems against the fast food culture, has also become an essential part of the Cittaslow (Slow City) movement.

Slow Food: Good, clean and fair food: Produce locally, eat locally

Consuming seasonal and naturally grown vegetables and fruits is a crucial aspect of the Slow Food movement. The movement aspires to replace monotony and standardization with excitement.

The negative impacts of fast-food on our health as well as our society are becoming more and more obvious as time goes by. As a result, the importance given to slow food is growing. The possibility to eat local food with local ingredients, have restaurants serving traditional dishes, and to preserve and pass on our local taste to future generations ultimately depends on our willingness to change the way we live today. Otherwise, the disappearance of local cultures will be inevitable. The greatest threats small and medium-sized producers face today are: globalization, mass production and supermarketization. To counteract their effects, well coordinated campaigns such as “Produce locally, consume locally”, “Cyprus potatoes not chips” and “Choose natural fruit juice over coke” should be planned and carried out to influence people’s decisions, starting from an early age.    

The Slow Food movement is fighting against industrial food and eating habits with its “good, clean and fair food” principles. The aim is to protect endangered local food, local culinary traditions, old seeds, good agriculture practices and biodiversity. The movement believes in given each meal its due importance.

It is worth tracing the path of the snail, which symbolizes slow cities and slow food, and lending an ear to the serenity.

 

Anahtar Kelimeler: Slow Food In Fast Food

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