Slow Food, a non profit organization, was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, Slow Food has over 100,000 members joined in 1,300 local chapters in 150 countries as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods. The Slow Food movement embraces the belief that everyone “has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible.” The association believes in the concept of neo-gastronomy which they define as the process of recognizing the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture.
Slow Food’s approach to agriculture, food production and gastronomy is based on a concept of food quality defined by three interconnected principles:
- A good, fresh, and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture;
- Clean food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health;
- Fair accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.
Slow Money, was inspired by the vision of Woody Tasch in his 2009 book Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. The Slow Money Alliance attempts to bring people together through a new conversation about money that is “too fast”, finance that is disconnected from people and place, and how economic solutions can be repaired from the ground up by focussing on food.
Slow money investors embrace the idea of replacing venture capital with a “nurture” capital industry. They are investors who look at philanthropy and investment through the lens of food, soil and place. The focus of these investors and ecopreneurs is on saving farmland, supporting a new generation of small and mid-size organic farmers, rebuilding local and regional food processing and distribution, improving nutrition and otherwise remedying the imbalances of a food system that is too consolidated, too global and too industrial.
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