By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. Books such as the bestselling Fast Food Nation have alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it’s time for answers, and Slow Food Nation steps up to the challenge. Here Carlo Petrini, the charismatic leader of the Slow Food movement, outlines many different routes by which we may take back control of our food.
The three central principles of the Slow Food plan are these: food must be sustainably produced in ways that are sensitive to the environment, those who produce the food must be fairly treated, and the food must be healthful and delicious.
In his travels around the world as an ambassador for Slow Food, Petrini has witnessed firsthand the many ways that native peoples are feeding themselves without making use of the harmful methods of modern industrial society. He relates the wisdom to be gleaned from local cultures in such varied places as Mongolia, Chiapas, Sri Lanka, and Puglia. He calls on Americans to look for insight in other cultures and to build a new and better way of eating.
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