is the official logo for Slow Food.
The Slow Food movement sparked off in Italy against the invasion of multinational fast food chains. The movement’s primary aim is the preservation of local, culture-inspired cuisine and the associated food assets within an ecological region. Included in this mission are goals to re-instill, in people, interest to the food they eat, where it comes from and how it tastes; to inform people about the nutritional value of fast foods; to educate people about the health risks of relying on select food varieties; to encourage ethical buying; amongst other things.
This Slow Food movement has a tangible form: Slow Food International. It is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that boasts over 100,000 members in 132 countries. They facilitate food convivia (“live together”) to encourage links between consumer and provider, large scale demonstrations, other awareness-oriented events (with lots of food!), and in-school workshops to name a few. They are an active organization, growing in number and in name.
While I have yet to arrive at a decision about the specifics of the Slow Food movement and some of their undertones, I agree with their overarching idea and goal. It is a pity that what is an excellent excuse for social gathering and shameless indulgence has degenerated into an event of barbaric rapid-fire consumption of sub-par fat-rich foods.
That said, my fear is not of said act (since people are free to do as they wish), but I am afraid of the eventual internalization of the act into a norm, where eating becomes nothing more than mere nutrient replishment.