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Slow Food promotes a sustainable global food system and culture based on responsibility and respect towards the environment, the farmers and animals involved in this system as well as on the importance of enjoying good and tasty food. The basic prerequisite for this approach is to preserve the bio-cultural and taste diversity and to acknowledge the value of food as a "means to life".
We are committed to upholding small-scale agriculture and artisanal fishing practices as well as food production chains that are in harmony with our ecosystems, animal welfare, the revival of rural areas, and our cultural traditions. To achieve this goal, Slow Food provides nutritional and taste education for children, youths and adults, as well as training programs for young professionals in gastronomy, agriculture, and the food sector. We connect artisanal food producers with conscious consumers, the so-called co-producers.
The Slow Food approach is to combine pleasure with awareness and responsibility. For Slow Food, everyone has the right to fresh, nutritious food. At the same time, Slow Food believes that everyone has a responsibility to protect their culinary heritage, culture, traditions, ecosystems and a climate enabling us to enjoy these foods.
In 1986, Slow Food in Italy was founded by the journalist and sociologist Carlo Petrini with the purpose of preserving food cultures. The international association was founded in 1989 and continues to pursue its initial objectives of promoting culinary delights and a moderate pace of life, but in a more comprehensive manner. It soon became clear that small-scale agriculture, the food trade and a healthy environment are essential for a good, clean, and fair food culture.
After almost three decades, millions of people now associate with Slow Food worldwide and commit to a food system that will be able to feed future generations. This network includes activists of all ages, chefs, farmers, fishermen, food artisans, experts, scientists, and researchers from more than 170 countries.
There are national associations in Germany, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Korea, Kenya, and the USA. Slow Food Deutschland e. V. (Germany) was founded in 1992 - as the first national association outside Italy. At the beginning of 2019, it counted over 14,000 members in 85 local groups. The office of the national organization is located in Berlin.