“Slow Food Story”
A New Movement
Slow Food is an international anti-fast-food resistance movement. In 1986 Carlo Petrini launched of ArciGola Gastronomic Association in Italy and three years later in Paris he launched Slow Food, an international anti-fast-food resistance movement. Petrini has become an ambassador for thinking about food differently and he is famous all over the world. From the tiny town of Bra, home to some 27,000 inhabitants, the Slow Food movement has grown to become a revolution with roots in more than 150 countries. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk thank Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy.
Before I watched this movie, I had no idea what Slow Food was and while I am still not totally sure what it is, I believe that is all food that is not fast food. Let’s face it, we think more about nutrition than ever before and we have seen the vegetarian movement really grow.
The film shows us the political background in Italy that is indirectly responsible for the beginning of the movement. We see Carlo Petrini, the main force behind slow food, during a speech explaining his ties to the movement. Revolutions and politics go hand in hand and we see that when the economy is not good, fast food is cheap and available and satisfies for a while. As long as it is available, people will eat it and eat in a lot. We see that in order to improve nutrition it is necessary to have a healthy economy where people can afford to buy nutritional food.
Petrini was responsible for industrializing the protection of gastronomic values. He was totally devoted to slow food. In the ’70s when the fast food chains stretched over their tentacles into Europe and the world out of the USA, lots of people started losing the connection to traditional meals. They preferred the quick and hamburgers and rather than sitting down to a family meal. Petrini took the problem seriously and fought against it in articles, speeches and other ways until he was able to form the Slow Food Movement that is now helping in and embracing farmers in some 150 countries to grow and sell their products to customers. This film is a perfect interpretation of the hard work what Carlo Petrini and his co-workers and successors are doing.
I have read some very unfavorable reviews of this film and I cannot help but wonder what those that wrote them were thinking. There is a lot to be learned here but it must be approached with an open mind. It is people like Carlo Petrini that make differences in our lives for the good of us all.