Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation, founded in 1989 by Carlo Petrini to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. The movement has since grown into a global movement with over 100,000 Slow Food members in 150 countries around the world, including 300 in Ireland spread over 14 local chapters.
The Slow Food movement reconnects consumers to the source and quality of their food, as well as to its wider implications in the global food chain. Slow Food aims to create balance in the supply chain by helping small producers access bigger markets and build sustainable businesses, while allowing consumers to eat food that is healthier for both themselves and the environment. Through a series of events and education initiatives, Slow Food builds profile for producers and informs consumers of alternatives to processed and unseasonal foods.
What you can do
You can find your nearest local chapter and join in their events and activities, become a member of the global movement or just take some simple steps to introduce the Slow philosophy to your home and community. Find out how to do all of these things in our how-to guide below.