Recently, we’ve spent a fair amount of time reading about the slow food movement. The movement, for those that are unfamiliar, strives to build a “future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.” Oh, is that all?
Overly ambitious mission statements aside, we think this is a lovely idea. After all, we’re fond of socially responsible agriculture, eating locally, and standards for food designation. We believe in thinking about food: where it comes from, how it’s prepared and what the implications are of both those factors.
Given all this, we were excited to learn that there is a substantial branch of the slow food movement in Boston (okay, it’s actually called a convivia, but that’s pretentious, so we’re ignoring it). It turns out that the Boston chapter is actually one of the nation’s largest. Neat! If you’d like to meet up with some Slow Food Boston members, they will be holding an organic beer tasting at Ashmont Grill next Tuesday. Check it out!