A valuable resource for anyone interested in food is the Slow Food USA organization. Slow Food, the opposite of fast food, is part of a global Slow Food network of more than 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, Slow Food links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.
The mission is good, clean and fair food for all. Slow Food is all about food being tasty, local, fresh and wholesome. From the website: “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. Our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.”
An appreciation of the diverse cultures and traditions that reside in the U.S. is also an emphasis of the organization.
Alice Waters, chef, author, food movement pioneer, and vice president of Slow Food International, says,