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What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is the philosophy of food that is good for us, good for our environment and for the people who grow, harvest and prepare it. In other words, food that is good, clean, and fair. In many ways, Slow Food is the opposite of fast food. Slow Food is fresh and healthy, free of pesticides and chemicals, and produced in a way that is beneficial to everyone – from the farmer to the diner.
Why the name Slow Food?
It’s a way of saying no to the rise of fast food and fast life. Slow Food promotes a life without rush, taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures, starting at the table.
Why the snail symbol?
The snail was chosen because it moves slowly, calmly eats during the passage of its life. Also for being a culinary specialty in the area around the northern Italian city of Bra, where the Slow Food movement was born.
What is the history of Slow Food?
In 1986, the McDonald’s company wanted to open a franchise in the Spanish Steps (Rome), some Italians did not agree and met to protest. In addition to waving signs and singing, they brought out a large plate of penne pasta and offered it to the crowd that gathered. People shared a meal in the Plaza de España and began to sing “we don’t want fast food, we want Slow Food.” That proposal was the basis for the birth of the Slow Food movement.
Slow Food was officially founded in Italy in 1989. Its mission was to counteract the disappearance of local gastronomic traditions and to awaken people’s interest in the food they eat and where it comes from.
Today, we have 100,000 Slow Food members, working for good, clean and fair food in 150 countries, from China to Mexico.
Does Slow Food support only organic (certified) food?
No. Slow Food is food that is good for us, good for the environment, and for the people who grow, harvest and prepare it. In other words, food that is good, clean, and fair. Often there is a strong link between each of these concepts.
Not all certified organic farms have practices that we can support. There are many small-scale farmers who produce good, clean and fair food, but lack organic certification. At Slow Food, we support the production of organic (agroecological) food that is grown in a way that is good for the environment and for the farm workers who grow and harvest it. But we couldn’t support certified organic food, at the expense of people and the earth.
The best thing you can do as a consumer is learn about the history behind your food, and eat according to what is important to you.
What is Slow Food’s position on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
Slow Food takes a stance against the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GMO) crops and promotes GMO-free food and crops. We believe that all products that contain genetically modified ingredients must be accurately labeled to allow consumers to make conscious decisions about when to buy.
Read more about why we are against GMOs.
What is Slow Food’s position on meat consumption?
Slow Food promotes responsible meat consumption by promoting eating less meat and meat only from animals that have been raised with a high quality of life. The cost of meat should reflect the true cost of production and practices that respect animal welfare. We strongly support small-scale farming of heritage breeds as an alternative to factory farms.
Why should you be a Slow Food member in Mexico? What are the benefits?
Membership with Slow Food offers you different opportunities …
To CONNECT with other people locally, nationally and globally who care about the same kinds of things that interest you. Receive special invitations and discounts for local, national and international events, including Terra Madre and the Salone del Gusto (a bi-annual Slow Food event held in Torino, Italy).
To LEARN more about good, clean and fair eating from the Slow Food movement. Receive support to connect with local producers or restaurants that are part of the philosophy, in addition to receiving a monthly newsletter from Slow Food Mexico.
To PARTICIPATE in proposing a better, cleaner and fairer food system through national campaigns and local activities / projects.
To SUSTAIN an organization that shares your values and is working to make the kind of change you want to see in the world. The membership card proclaims your commitment to Slow Food values. You ARE the Slow Food movement.
What is the Slow Food membership in Mexico invested in?
• Local group projects that make a difference in your community.
• A set of tools and resources designed to increase the efficiency of local groups, including regional and national meetings, and technical assistance for receiving micro-grants and database management.
• The development of the strategic planning objectives of Slow Food in Mexico from 2015-2020; focused on strengthening food communities towards good, clean and fair production by defending food biodiversity and multiculturalism; in favoring market access for network producers, facilitating the relationship between producers and consumers; influence public policies that affect agri-food systems.
• Mexico’s annual contribution to Slow Food International, providing support to global programs such as Terra Madre, Baluartes projects and gardens in Africa.
Can I receive an invoice or receipt for a donation with tax deductibility?
Yes, your membership fee can be invoiced and some financial or in-kind donations can receive a tax deductible receipt. Please contact slowfoodmexicoycentroamerica @ g
How will my local group know that I have joined / renewed?
You will receive an email with your digital membership with a copy to the local leader, in addition to appearing in the database of the group you joined.
Can I be a corporate partner?
While we do not offer corporate or group memberships, we do have corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information write to: [email protected]
Can I use the Slow Food logo for my products or restaurant?
No. The Slow Food logo is a registered trademark and can only be used in connection with Slow Food group events at the international, national and local level.
Download the instructions for using the Slow Food logo.