A New Way of
Slow Food's Contribution
to a Shift in American
By Darcy Mullen
The Slow Food Movement
Started in 1986
Carlo Petrini voted President
Combating Standardization and
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
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
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
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
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
1Super Size Me
Slow Food USA:
•Came to Brooklyn, New York in
the year 2000
•Today there are more than
200 local chapters around the
•Programs started since they
have been active:
•Time for Lunch Campaign
•Youth Food Movement
•Renewing America’s Food
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)
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
•Promotes education around
obesity and diabetes.
•Created the Let’s Move
• 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
•An all-Italian product to help the economy
Luca Zaia, Italian
•Would use 1,000 tones of Italian meat each
Minister of Agriculture
•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.