Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 coun- tries, working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Slow Food is the umbrella organization responsible for guiding the entire movement, which is comprised of over 1,500 local chapters (convivia) and 2,400 food communities, and reaches millions of people every year.
Slow Food promotes food that is good, clean and fair for all: Good because it is healthy in addition to tasting good; clean because it is produced with low environmental impact and with animal welfare in mind; and fair because it respects the work of those who produce, process, and distribute it. Slow Food is committed to defending wild and cultivated biodiversity as well as methods of husbandry and production.
After the 7th Slow Food International Congress, held in Chengdu, China, in 2017, Slow Food radically renewed its structure to make the organization more open and inclusive, trying out new forms of involvement and participation. The delegates approved the Declaration of Chengdu, which confirms the need to fight for good, clean and fair food until it is guaranteed for every person on this planet. More specifically, Slow Food committed to working on 6 different motions:
• Climate change, our eating choices, the agriculture we want
• The Africa of Slow Food and Terra Madre
• Biodiversity, knowledge, communities and cultures we want to defend and support
• Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, a key ally in facing global challenges
• Transmission of wisdom, access to knowledge, the diffused university
• Plastic in the planet’s ecosystem: A threat to our food and health
Slow Food’s goal is to fix the broken food system by moving toward diversified agroecological food systems. To achieve this goal, we work to:
• Increase public awareness and change consumption trends, encouraging the adoption of more sustainable and eco-friendly diets and consumption patterns and working to change current policies;
• Change food production, promoting the transition to diversified agroecological food production;
• Change the policies connected to food at international, national, and local levels, improving food policy coherence.
To help bring about change, Slow Food works through three levels of action:
- consumer education and awareness-raising campaigns,
- active participation in policy dialogue, and
- fieldwork projects.