Slow Food Montreal Visits Italy
Interested in the Slow Food movement? The idea of being more conscious about the food we eat has been gaining ground worldwide since its inception in 1989. Check out the Slow Food http://www.slowfood.com/ to find a chapter near you. Slow Food Montreal is returning today from a trip to Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in Torino, Italy. Having spent five days there, five members of the chapter’s seven-member leadership team served as delegates to the Slow Food events, representing Montreal and its food community.
The Terra Madre network brings together food communities from around the world to build a food model that is good, clean, and fair. This year, nearly 6,000 delegates from 153 countries and five continents united to propose viable alternatives to the global food system. The theme of this fourth edition of Terra Madre, which promotes human-scale food production and the protection of biodiversity, is cultural and linguistic diversity. Representatives of indigenous communities from around the world also attended.
The Montreal delegation includes Bobby Grégoire (president), specialist in gastronomy, communications, and events; Katerine-Lune Rollet (vice-president), social media manager and food columnist; Catherine Lefebvre (secretary), nutritionist and food blogger; David Szanto (treasurer), PhD student in gastronomy at Concordia University, food studies instructor at Concordia University of Gastronomic Sciences; Cédric Fontaine (digital communications), owner/operator of Terroirs Québec.
The concept of Slow Food seems at such odds with today’s fast-paced lifestyle. How can we ever go back to long-simmered meals in the middle of a hectic week? Nowadays, even weekends are crazy busy. Perhaps the answer lies in perspective rather than the linear pursuit of time. We can make a difference to our health and the health of the communities in which we live if we became more conscious about where food comes from even on a part-time basis. The Slow Food Movement offers a number of different ways of being more in tune with the world without breaking the bank or adding more to our already over-booked schedules. Read labels, look for fair trade products, or use less heavily processed foods — I have no doubt that you can probably come up with even more great ideas.