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					A New Way of
Eating:
Slow Food's Contribution
to a Shift in American
Food Culture.
By Darcy Mullen
The Slow Food Movement

 Started in 1986
  Carlo Petrini voted President
  Combating Standardization and
   Globalization

 International Movement by 1989
  15 countries at first conference in Paris

 Promotion of values through different
  forms of education
  Organized tastings, publications,
   university and school programs
Buono, Pulito e Giusto:
               Good, Clean and Fair.
 Working to save the traditional food cultures.

 In the Slow Food movement there is a mutual understanding
  between the producers and consumers of the quality of the
  product.

 Fast food has become even more prevalent in recent years
  making Slow Food’s objectives more pertinent.
  Slow Food is combating many of the effects of fast food.
  The name is the opposite of fast food.
The Growth of Fast Food in
America
 McDonald’s developed drive-in
  restaurants into a factory style production
  – built for efficiency

 Their production goal is to create a
  standardized product, no matter where
  you are.

 McDonald’s now controls consumption
  and production of the majority of beef,
  pork, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes and
  apples in the United States.
  Obesity in America since
  the start of Fast Food.
   400,000 deaths per year are caused by obesity
    related diseases1.

   Obesity has tripled in the last 30 years.2

   It now affects children, who have bad nutrition in
    conjunction with their new, sedentary lifestyle
      The average child plays 7½ hours of video games a
       day3



1Super   Size Me
2Letsmove.gov
3Letsmove.gov
Slow Food USA:
•Came to Brooklyn, New York in
the year 2000

•Today there are more than
200 local chapters around the
country.

•Programs started since they
have been active:
   •Time for Lunch Campaign
   •Youth Food Movement
   •Renewing America’s Food
   Traditions
Food culture beyond the Slow Food movement
•A growth of programs, books, and movies with similar themes:
   •Super Size Me, Fast Food Nation, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Jamie
   Oliver’s food revolution.

•Other projects like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
developed rapidly.
Contrasting governmental actions:
The United States
                     •Michelle Obama promotes
                     healthy eating, local foods, and a
                     movement fighting obesity.

                     •She created an organic garden
                     at the White House in March of
                     2009.

                     •Promotes education around
                     obesity and diabetes.

                     •Created the Let’s Move
                     Campaign
                          Italy

                          • The country in which Slow Food was started
                          already has a natural cultural value of food.
                             •Schools in some regions have been serving
                             biological food to school children for years already.

                          •The minister of agriculture has been
                          promoting the “McItaly” burger for
                          McDonald’s.
                          •An all-Italian product to help the economy
                          and farmers.
Luca Zaia, Italian
                             •Would use 1,000 tones of Italian meat each
Minister of Agriculture
                             month.
and Forestry
                          •Slow Food proponents around Italy are not
                          in support of this product.
Where does that leave us?
 The value of education is one of the most
  important features in the Slow Food movement.

 As people who live in this culture, it is important to
  see the value of food. Even small steps help.

 Everything ties back to health. If you are not
  paying extra for healthier food, you will pay in
  health care costs.
Thank you.

				
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