Many of us have made it a habit to handle everything quickly, in busy working life, meetings that need to be attended, jobs that are urgent to be organized or in the hustle and bustle of daily life. There must have been times when you suddenly realized that the lunch break had come and gone. At such times, fast food meals come to our rescue as the most practical method of suppressing the sudden feeling of hunger. We all know that these foods, which save the moment and destroy the feeling of hunger in as little as five minutes, do not produce good results in the long run. So what can be done at this point?
What is Slow Food?
Slow food, as the name suggests, is actually the opposite of fast food, which many of us often consume. The most prominent feature of this trend, which supports eating slowly, is that the ingredients consumed in the meal belong to the region you live in. In other words, the basis of this movement is to use the products of your geography. This trend, which supports the unique characteristics and production of each region, argues that we should know where the products in the food we eat come from, the story of this dish or the benefits of the product.
How Did the Slow Food Movement Emerge?
Slow food is actually not a very new trend. It has a history of 40 years. The slow food movement was born in 1982 in response to the opening of McDonalds in Rome's Piazza di Spagna square. A group led by Carlo Petrini protests McDonalds by throwing Italian pasta. The biggest reason for this protest is the acceleration of life after the Industrial Revolution and the unconsciousness of eating habits. The group, which advocates the necessity of slowing down and valuing the local as the world evolves towards a fast life, adopts the motto of "Good, clean and fair food". The symbol of the movement is the snail, which is known for its slowness. Although this movement was born in Italy, it is supported by people all over the world who face fast life and many problems brought by fast life, and it continues to work today.
Slow Food and Sustainability Relationship
Nature works flawlessly and has a tremendous balance within itself. Valuable and useful plant species grow in different regions both in the world and in our country. The slow food movement, which is effective all over the world, aims to protect the biodiversity of those regions and regions and to transfer production to future generations by creating seed banks. With the Permaculture (Sustainable Agriculture) method, the same products can be passed on to future generations for many years without any change in their genetic maps. Supporting production is of great importance both for the protection of the balance of nature and for a healthy life. The slow food movement supports the consumption of local products as well as slow food. In today's world where sustainability is talked about a lot and global companies and brands are working on sustainability, the slow food movement provides benefits at an important point both to be healthy and to support the production in your region.
The slow food movement, which educates consumers about the consumption of fast food products and raises awareness about the harms of fast food, aims to increase the number of people who have high awareness and support local production in their region. Thus, the proliferation of organic farms is also ensured.
The movement against the use of pesticides in agriculture also fights against the use of pesticides and advocates a completely natural and sustainable system in production.
Although sustainability, healthy living and supporting local production are the prominent goals, slow food also works on taste. Emphasizing the superior tastes of natural and locally grown foods, the movement aims to encourage more people to acquire the habit of consuming organic foods.
In order to reduce our carbon footprint, it is as important to pay attention to energy consumption, to use green energy or to prefer alternative transportation methods, as well as to review our eating habits. Just review your weekly menu and consider choosing healthy and sustainable foods instead of these meals. Even this perspective can help you open up a new horizon in moving your awareness to a whole new level.