Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation 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. The association’s activities seek to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread the education of taste, and align producers of excellent foods to consumers through events and initiatives. Slow Food programs are designed to focus on the centrality of food and one of the key areas is the protection of food biodiversity.
On a global scale, there are currently one million supporters, 100,000 members, 2000 food communities, 1500 convivia, 1794 Ark of Taste products, 1000 Gardens in Africa, 400 Presidia and 150 participating countries. Slow Food aims to achieve the following three major goals in next two years: 10,000 Ark of Taste products, 10,000 convivia & food communities, and 10,000 gardens in Africa and around the world.
Slow Food stands at the crossroads of ecology and gastronomy, ethics and pleasure. It opposes the standardization of taste and culture. We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. Our association believes in the concept of neo-gastronomy – recognition of the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture.
We envision a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.
Slow Food is an international grassroots membership organization promoting good, clean and fair food for all.
Good, Clean and Fair
Slow Food’s approach to agriculture, food production and gastronomy is based on a concept of food quality defined by three interconnected principles:
Collectively our consumer choices can bring great change to how food is cultivated and produced. To highlight this, we consider ourselves co-producers – an eater who is informed about where and how their food is produced and actively supports local producers, therefore becoming part of the production process.
We are committed to protecting traditional and sustainable quality foods, defending the biodiversity of cultivated and wild varieties as well cultivation and processing methods. Through maintaining the diversity of regional food and agricultural traditions, the wisdom of local communities can be maintained to protect the ecosystems that surround them and offer sustainable prospects for the future.
Slow Food believes that food is tied to many aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. This is why we are an active player in a wide variety of areas, from education to agricultural policy. To work across this wide sphere, Slow Food defends biodiversity in our food supply, promotes food and taste education and connects sustainable producers to co-producers through events and building networks.