6:21 pm, May 29, 2012
In foodie circles you hear quite a bit about Slow Food, but its one of those organizations that I find hard to pin down. I like that. I have spent plenty of time considering what it means to me. I believe that the principles of “Good, Clean and Fair” that enshrine Slow Food speaks to different people in different ways. From the allotment gardener who grows her veg with sweat & time, to Farm scale food producers & restaurant chefs, Slow food has something in it for all of us.
“Good” meaning a flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture, “Clean” meaning food production that doesn’t harm the environment, animal welfare or our health, and “Fair” meaning that the producer gets paid a fair price and the consumer can afford it. On this last point we as producers have a challenge, but we do rise to it (see previous posts on Eggs). Slow food has come under fire for having high ideals, but that isn’t a bad thing. Aim high always.
It was founded in 1989 by a group of Italians to “Counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and peoples’ dwindling interest in the food they eat and where it comes from”.
Why do these things matter? The short answer for me isnthat food is something precious. It’s ultimately a gift from the land. We should treat it as such, and do it the justice of considering it for just a small time. After all we eat 3 times a day. Make the time, lay the table, sit down and eat together. Its the first thing Supernanny tells families that are in difficulty: sit down round a table and give yourselves the opportunity to talk to each other. From this simple act comes all the good stuff in life. In our society most of our most important celebrations have at their centrepiece a meal where you gather your nearest and dearest around you and share food. Its doesn’t have to be high end food either. Keep it simple. Buy fresh, locally produced, seasonal food.
See you soon