Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slower & Simpler - Slow Food

Living slower also may (should, could) include slow food I've been told.  I've honestly been slow (yeah, pun intended) to embrace this part of slow living, mainly because of all of my allergies (yes, the thought does not elude me that my allergies may be aggravated by NOT eating slow food).  So here we go, at least as a start.  As I read the list below, I'm delighted to find that in fact I DO incorporate many of these ideas into my eating life, just perhaps not consciously or naming them as such.

Slow Food is…
a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

“Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.”
Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder and president.

Slow Food
was founded to counter the rise of 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 our food choices affect the rest of the world.

So what does this look like?  Per the website above:

Go Slow in your life

1. Buy whole ingredients. Cook them. Eat them.
2. Avoid processed stuff with long ingredient lists. Eat real food.
3. Grow some of your own food. Even if just on your windowsill.
4. Whenever possible, know the story behind the food you buy.
5. Buy local food; find out what is in season!

Go Slow in your community

1. Cook and eat with others – not just family and friends. Bring new people and perspectives to the table.
2. Join a community garden and grow food with others.
3. Connect with your local Slow Food chapter.
4. Shake the hand that feeds you. Meet the people who grow your food. Shop at a farmers market, visit a farm or buy shares from a farm that offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
5. Learn about your local or regional food history and cultural dishes

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