17.16 Slow Food Labels

All 17.16 Slow Food Labels

  • Slow Food UK

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    Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. It was founded in 1989 in Italy. Slow Food UK aims to achieve long-term change in the thematic areas of biodiversity (preserving threatened foods and strengthening local economies through assisting small-scale producers and building short-supply chains), taste education (creating a better understanding and appreciation of the important connection between health, local food culture and agriculture) and food communities (connecting producers to consumers, creating awareness that showcases sustainable agriculture and artisan food production). This exchange of information, ideas, advice and practices takes place largely in three interconnected spheres: 1) at the national level among UK member groups and other collaborative actors; 2) at the international level linking UK groups to member groups around the world, including technical experts and other actors involved in food issues; and 3) by connecting and empowering farming and food communities in developed and developing countries – which is often referred to as the Terra Madre (Mother Earth) network – that are also impacted by the food choices and policies in the UK.

  • Slow Food International

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    Slow Food, founded in 1989, is an international organisation whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenisation of modern fast food and life. Through a variety of initiatives, it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It has 80,000 members in 100 countries. Its main offices, situated in Bra (Cuneo), a small town in southern Piedmont, employ about 100 people. They are the hub of a close-knit network of local grassroots offices in Italy and abroad, the so-called convivia, which promote the movement by staging events, debates and other initiatives. Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of their managers, collaborators and members, they provide continuous feedback to the central offices in Bra. Slow Food also boasts a publishing company, Slow Food Editore, which specializes in tourism, food and wine. Its catalogue now contains about 40 titles and it also publishes Slow, ‘a herald of taste and culture’, in five languages: Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. Slow Food promotes scores of projects and activities and The Ark of Taste is a first step in this direction. The aim of this massive project is to identify and catalogue products, dishes and animals that are in danger of disappearing. The op