So, one of my little pet favorite things is the Slow Food Movement. And no, this is not about slow cookers. The Slow Food Movement was started in Italy by a group of people who worried that the world was moving too fast, taking us--and all our good food ideas, harvests, dinners and everything that means--right along with it, spinning us away from the good earth and out into the cold, outer space zone of convenience foods that mean little beyond sustenance.
In other words, we need to slow down and appreciate the food at our tables, the farmers who grew it, and the friends and family who share it with us
Here, I'll borrow something from their website:
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.
A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 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.
If you are here at Laura's Lean Beef reading this, you have already taken a step in the Slow Food direction just by caring about the food you eat.
Slow Food protects biodiversity in the world by working to preserve foods that are at risk of extinction through what they call the Ark of Taste. The organization educates consumers about food and why things such as the Ark of Taste are needed. The group also works to connect producers with consumers so great food is more readily available to us all.
If you are international, check the link above for Slow Food groups near you. If you are in the US, check Slow Food USA for a group near you. I encourage you to learn about Slow Food, consider joining, and even if you don't join, keep an eye out for the food events hosted by Slow Food in your area--you don't have to be a member to enjoy many of the dinners and events the group hosts.