Slow food

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Description of what the network is about

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and change the world as a result.

Societal problem they want to address

Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

Their approach is based on a concept of food that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.

GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food

CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment

FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers

Find the full definition in the Slow Food Manifesto for Quality

Societal domain


Basic aim of network

Umbrella organization for its local groups (“convivia”) that work to promote a new food system that changes the food production and consumption relations in both the Global North and Global South.


Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity – founded in 2003 to support Slow Food projects that defend food biodiversity and traditions.

Terra Madre Foundation – founded in 2004 to support the growth of a global network of food communities, chefs, academics and youth working for a sustainable food system.

University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) – opened in 2004 to educate future food professionals.

For more information

Slow Food web page

Dumitru, A.; Lema-Blanco, I.; Kunze, I.; and García-Mira, R. (2016). in TRANSIT.

Entry done by

Aleksi Salmela