Slow Food


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Slow Food

Slow Food is an international, nonprofit, member-supported organization devoted to eco-gastronomy. Founded in 1989 to counteract fast food, the disappearance of local food traditions, and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, Slow Food works to defend food biodiversity, promote consumer education, and help small-scale food producers become self sustainable. Slow Food now counts over 80,000 members, divided among 850 local chapters, called convivia, in 150 different countries. National branches, governed by national boards, exist in the USA, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Switzerland and Italy. Slow Food promotes traditional foods and local economies that guarantee respect for the environment and fair compensation for producers, and supports a global approach that also embraces developing countries and intends to transform the way food is produced and consumed.

Africa is home to many dedicated Slow Food communities who are organizing creative activities in the field of consumer education. Our support has been used for extensive, locally-administered public outreach campaigns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, and Senegal. Through programs in local schools, free cooking workshops, food tasting, and public festivals to highlight and celebrate local food traditions, this work increases public awareness of the importance of local consumption as a key component of the fight to uphold traditional food production.

Website: www.slowfood.com
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