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Slow Food

1 November, 2011

A non-profit, member supported association, with charitable educational programmes, Slow Food was found in Italy in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life.

It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that works to promote the greater enjoyment of food through a better understanding of its taste, quality and production.

Slow Food  works with local member groups across the country. Its aim is to reconnect people with where their food comes from and how it is produced so they can understand the implications of the choices they make about the food we put on our plates and how this, in turn, impacts on the environment, biodiversity and our own health.

In the UK it has a local group network of over 50 groups which promote and enjoy the Slow Food way of life at a local level.

Slow Food also has a network of chefs and artisan producers who run educational projects and events to spread its message as widely as possible. These include:

  • Slow Food Baby – a project to help parents understand the role of taste in introducing first foods to their babies.
  • The Taste Adventure – a fun interactive experience for children to experience all five senses and to explore and enjoy food.
  • Slow Food on Campus – an initiative that educates and brings the enjoyment of food to University students across the UK.
  • Slow Food Wisdom – seeks to rediscover British food traditions and recipes that make up a vital part of our cultural inheritance.
  • The Ark of Taste – a unique catalogue of exceptional food products in danger of disappearing due to current food production and distribution systems.