Taking a step back to understand the buzz about Slow Food.Posted: October 2, 2011
My posts have been a bit out-of-order but I wanted to dedicate one to explaining my ideas for the practicum project. I am exploring the Slow Food movement that started in Italy after they placed a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. This movement is the idea of cooking one’s own food using good, clean, fair food that is healthy for the consumer as well as the rest of the environment. Slow Food goes beyond the dinner table and can have the reverse effect that Ritzer’s theory of McDonaldization would have on societies. A friend stated Slow Food as ‘as a reaction to fast food, but of course that in no way envelops the whole of the Slow Food movement! Slow Food has come to mean a variety of things to many people, but its roots lie in the celebration of food that nourishes the body, the community, and the Earth.’
I am exploring the special interests groups that can be found online and using Slow Food to hone in on a specific area. I have joined the Slow Food UW Facebook group and page. Many cities around the nation have chapters dedicated to their efforts for Slow Food and the UW is uniquely one of the few college campuses that has a chapter. I am also hoping to explore various blogs and twitter handles that dedicate their information to the Slow Food movement.
A question to consider is how this movement can impact your life as a college student who is starting to cook on their own? Also how this may affect your consumerism practices?
For more information regarding Slow Food check out Slow Food USA.