‘Slow Food’- The New Eating Culture

written by Njoroge Muigai 26th September 2013

Within every urban center and around every city corner you will probably find them. Their products are appetizing and many of us cannot  resist  the urge to consume what they have to offer.



These are fast food joints which offer inexpensive meals ranging from chips (French  fries for the Westerners, Chipo for the Kenyan), hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes and soft drinks.

The truth of the matter is that food from such joints, when taken regularly and in large quantities, leads to health complications.

This in some way has  deterred  people from eating out as the culture of fast food has in some way found  itself  in other eateries that sell whole meals.

There is the use of non-organic ingredients especially vegetables and spices, refrigeration of food for long periods of time and in some instances the preparation of the meal  doesn’t  appeal to the taste palette.

All is not gloom and doom though as the revolution is here! or rather it has been here all along people just  didn’t  have an interest. It is the slow food movement founded in 1986 by  Carlo Petrini .



I bet you are wondering what slow food is and yes; it is the exact opposite of fast food.

The Slow Food movement came about as a result of opposition against  the setting up of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome by its  precursor   organization  Arcigola in 1986.

Since then it has grown to over  100,000 members in over 150 countries which are grouped in 1,500 local chapters known as convivia.

The Slow Food philosophy is that everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure and  consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible.

Hence their motto good, clean and fair which represents the following:

GOOD a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture;

CLEAN food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health;

FAIR accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.



Slow Food  looks at all aspects of food right from production all the way to digestion. It is against the standardization of  taste  and culture, and the unrestrained power of the food industry multinationals and industrial agriculture.

Their mission is to have a world where all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for  those  who grow it and good for the planet.

The slow food revolution is growing by the day as  people  realize the need to eat well cooked nutritious food that uses organic ingredients.

Slow food culture is even being adopted by some restaurants which cook traditional foods based on their locales, using the traditional methods of cooking and serving the food (people seat down in dining room family dinner set up while having meals in the restaurant).



This is a positive culture that should be adopted the world over as it will help preserve the health and heritage of the peoples of the world and it has life changing positive consequences for all: foodies, cooks, food producers and consumers.

Lets adopt a healthy lifestyle good people; Slow Food Revolution!



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