History

Slow Food was founded as an “eno-gastronomic”(wine and food)association by food activist Carlo Petrini in 1986. Its initial aim was to support and defend good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. It then broadened its sights to embrace the quality of life and, as a logical consequence, the very survival of the imperiled planet on which we live.

Slow Food is committed to protecting traditional and sustainable quality foods, conserving cultivation and processing methods, and defending the biodiversity of cultivated and wild varieties.Slow Food protects places of historic, artistic or social value that form part of our food heritage, acknowledging the history and culture of every social group as it interacts within a broader network of reciprocal exchange.

Since its beginnings, Slow Food International has grown into a global movement involving millions of people, in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to“good, clean and fair ”food.

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

Created in 2003, the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity is a non-profit organization that champions the Slow Food movement’s projects in defense of agricultural biodiversity and gastronomic traditions, especially in developing countries, where the question at stake is not so much the importance of the quality of life as the very survival of people, communities and cultures.

Specifically, it promotes a sustainable model of agriculture, respectful of the environment, cultural identity and animal welfare, as well as supports small-scale food producers and any local community’s right to decide what to produce and what to eat.