In 1986 when McDonald’s came to Rome, an Italian food lover named Carlo Petrini organized a movement in response to fast food. He called it Slow Food. It has now spread to over 150 countries. Slow Food celebrates local food, artisanal food, fair compensation for everyone involved in food production, and a return to the social joys of eating. This two part video series tells the story.
Slow Food, Part 1
The average meal in America comes from 1500 miles away. One tenet of the Slow Food movement is to eat locally. In this video you’ll see a Georgia restaurateur driving out into the countryside to buy fresh produce from a couple of organic farms. He talks with the farmer and pulls the beets and lettuce and onions right out of the ground. What could be fresher than that?
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Slow Food, Part 2
This video takes us first to Tamworth Farm where hogs are raised naturally with plenty of space and respect for their social needs. No industrial farming for them.
Next we visit the Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco where the owner shows his produce and tells us where it came from, and something about the people who grew it. He points out that in nature no two living things are exactly alike. Industrial farming aims to produce foods that are practically clones of each other. The problem is that they lose their unique tastes. Sometimes they almost lose any taste.
Finally we visit a nearby pizzeria where only the freshest ingredients are used and the dough rises for three days before being baked in a natural wood oven. The bottom line: flavor.
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