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SLOW Food plays a leading role in agriculture and ecology through its understanding of the links between food, politics, farming and the environment. Slow Food links food and its enjoyment with awareness and responsibility. We seek to defend diversity in our food supply and in food communities, spread the education of taste, and link producers of good, clean and fair foods to consumers through projects and events.
Slow Food believes the enjoyment of good food should be combined with efforts to save countless traditional cheeses, grains, vegetables, fruits, and animal and fish breeds succumbing to the pressures of convenience food and corporate agriculture. Slow Food enhances awareness of an invaluable food heritage through its Ark of taste and praesidia projects – supported by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, the Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, and Terra Madre: world meeting of food communities.
In a world where the pleasures of taste are not always learned through leisurely meals around a lively table, Slow Food encourages a conscious effort to explore, question and experiment. Convivia activities introduce new foods to members while taste workshops offer guided tastings with producers, makers and chefs. Our youngest eaters benefit from Slow Food’s school and kitchen garden programmes in many parts of the world. University-age students can attend the University of Gastronomic Sciences.
Slow Food organises fairs, events and farmers’ markets to showcase products of excellent gastronomic quality and introduce consumers to producers. The success of Slow Food’s Salone del gusto, a biennial event where a cornucopia of foods can be tasted and bought, supports producers while offering a world of delights to the public. Other events include Urban Harvest, Cheese, Slow Fish, Deutscher Käsemarkt and Aux Origines du Goût.
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