Saturday, December 6, 2008

Slow Food

The Slow Food Movement started in Italy in 1986 in response to the McDonaldization of Italy. The impetus for the group was McDonald's plan to open a restaurant near the Spanish Steps in Rome.

In a nutshell, part of what they do is preserve the specialty foods of a region, and help save heirloom varieties of various foods. This is in addition to stopping the spread of fast food, obviously. They seem to embrace the idea that food, while fuel, is also something to be enjoyed to the fullest. And scarfing down a quarter pounder with cheese after zipping through the drive through isn't savoring, it's surviving. Meals should be more than that. We take the time to sit and enjoy a holiday feast. Why can't every day have at least a bit of that attitude?

Wholesome food can be prepared quickly in about the time it takes to drive over to the clown's place. A buck for a cheeseburger may seem like a bargain and a half, but it is usually accompanied by fries and a drink. A really nice dinner can be prepared at home for the same price per serving or less. Also, consider that a fast food dinner creates so much garbage with the box or bag it comes in, the tiny aluminum package for the 1/2 teaspoon of ketchup, straws, and who knows what else. That cheap dinner is bad for your health, waistline, pocket, and the environment. Slow down, and have a nice dinner at home with those people who live in your house.

1 comment:

Mulled Vine said...

Slow food! That's the term I've been looking for. I argue with my neighbours all the time that gas BBQs are pointless and that a good BBQ takes newspaper, wood, charcoal and lots of time and beer!