Our daily choices determine the future of the environment, economy, and society, and what we put on our plate is one of the most important choices we make. Slow Food is a worldwide organization that encourages choosing food that's good for us, good for the environment, and good for the people who grow, pick, and prepare it — in other words, good, clean, and fair food for all. Slow Food means taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, starting with what you eat.

Slow Food USA outlines the following elements of its mission:

  • 1. Our food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh, and wholesome.
  • 2. Our food should nourish a healthful lifestyle and be produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment, and ensure animal welfare-without harming human health.
  • 3. Our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.
  • 4. Good, clean, and fair food should be accessible to all and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, and nations that reside in the USA.

Through local projects and educational events, Slow Food helps connect people to their food-the land, the farmers, and teaching the next generation how to grow, prepare, and share food responsibly.

In our fast-paced world, the benefits of going Slow abound. A wholesome meal enjoyed with family with respect for where the food came from nourishes the body, the planet, and the soul. For more information on Slow Food events in your area, visit www.slowfoodusa.org.

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